Clogs can form just about anywhere in your house where pipes, drains, and other plumbing fixtures are located, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. However, clogs in these separate areas tend to occur for different reasons.
Below we’ll discuss in more detail what causes clogs in kitchens and bathrooms, along with solutions for them.
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What Causes Clogs in Kitchens?
The most common clog-causer in kitchens is just what you’d expect: food. Whenever you wash the dishes, any food that you don’t put down the garbage disposal or in the garbage is going to enter the pipes under your sink. Over time, those food remnants can get trapped in the P-trap or J-trap of those pipes and result in a clog.
Kitchen Clog Solutions
When it comes to kitchen clogs, you can sometimes remove them with a cup plunger. If you have a two-sided sink, make sure to use a drain stopper or a second cup plunger to seal the side of the sink you are NOT plunging, or else you will not be able to build up the proper suction to remove the clog. (Tip: Never use the plunger that you use for your toilet for your sink. It’s highly unsanitary and can transfer fecal bacteria to your kitchen).
The best fix to clear kitchen clog is to use a plumbing snake (also known as a drain snake, plumbing auger, or plumber’s snake). You can buy plumbing snakes at home improvement stores, but it’s important to exercise caution when using one, or else you might damage your pipes in the process. If in doubt, contact a plumber, as they are adept at handling plumbing snakes.
What Causes Clogs in Bathrooms?
Bathroom clogs can occur in sink drains, shower/bathtub drains, and the toilet. Sink and shower clogs are usually caused by a buildup of matted hair and soap scum.
The list of what can clog a toilet is much more extensive. Toilet clogs often involve trying to flush:
Too much toilet paper at once
Stringy items like hair or dental floss
Non-toilet-paper paper: facial tissues, napkins, paper towels, etc.
Sanitary napkins and tampons
Small pieces of garbage
“Flushable” wipes (these are not actually safe to flush no matter what the packaging says)
Bathroom Clog Solutions
To unclog a bathroom sink or shower drain, you can sometimes remove the clog by removing the drain cover and pulling it out by hand if it is close to the surface. You can do this either by reaching in or using a wire hook. If the clog is farther down, you can use the suction of a cup plunger to dislodge it. This usually works best if the cup of the plunger is submerged in water.
To unclog a toilet, you’ll need a proper toilet plunger, also known as a flange plunger. It has an extra flap that allows it to fit better over the toilet drain than a cup plunger.
If you are unable to remove a bathroom clog on your own, it’s best to contact a plumber. They will be able to access your pipes more deeply than you’re able to (and without damaging them) with a drain snake. If your pipes have an especially bad problem with clogs, water jetting may be the best long-term solution.
Clogged drains strain your plumbing system and lead to serious damage that will cost more than a cleaning. When you call Nuckols Plumbing & Gas, we will send an experienced technician to you so that they can give an honest evaluation of your plumbing needs. Our work comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, and we are never satisfied until you are.