Most Common Causes of a Clogged Drain

When the access to your drain suddenly stops, a clog is often to blame. Though you might know your drain care basics, there are several everyday daily tasks that you may be doing, which is leaving you with unnecessary drain issues. So here are the most common reasons we get called for a drain clog:

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Food Waste

A few food scraps here and there might seem harmless, but those little scraps add up over time and begin to build up in your plumbing. Some specific food such as coffee grinds or tea leaves don’t break down, so they wind up just staying in your pipes. Even if you have a garbage disposal, you want to try to avoid food going down the drain.

Toilet Paper

Not all toilet paper is created equal, especially if you have a septic system. Extra plush or any toilet paper with softening additives could take longer to breakdown, leading to a clog. It’s also important to remember only to flush toilet paper and bodily fluids. That’s it. 


When hair is mixed with other sticky substances, such as soap or body washes, it can stick to your drains and lead to a smelly clog. The best plan of attack is through prevention. By covering all drains guards and cleaning them regularly, you can minimize your chance of hair going down the drain.

Tree Roots

A tiny crack in your plumbing can be the perfect spot for your tree roots to soak up the water they need. Once in, they can grow bigger and stronger, leading to a complete obstruction of water flow. If you notice a sudden luscious tree in your yard and a clog in your plumbing, it’s time to give Scott Hale a call. 

If constant clogs keep occurring, it’s time to schedule a drain cleaning. At Scott Hale Plumbing, we can help with all your plumbing needs in Salt Lake City — with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed and full price up-front. Contact us today!