Clogged Drain Pains

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A clogged drain can catch you by surprise when you least expect it.

Often times, a clogged drain occurs at the most inconvenient times. It could be a clogged sink while preparing a meal for a special occasion. It could be when you’re showering and the water level rises to your ankles. Or, you’ve finally got a chance to catch up on laundry, and the washing machine drain backs up and causes water to spill all over the floor.

These clogged drain pains will happen, if preventative measures are not taken. But what are the preventative measures to reduce the most common clogged drain issues?

First of all, what are the most common clogged drain issues? How can you reduce their occurrences?

  • Object fallen into a drain
  • Hair
  • Food
  • Soap and mineral buildup

Object fallen into a drain

Often taken for granted, our sink, shower, and tub drains take waste water away and we forget about it. But, if an object falls down one of those drains it becomes a paramount problem.

You can reduce the chance of any object falling into your drains by putting grates over them. And, if you have children, demonstrate and educate them on why not to put objects down the drain.

If you do discover and object is lodged into one or your drains, do not use chemical de-cloggers. Chemical de-cloggers won’t wash away the object. Most likely, you’ll end up with a clogged sink, shower, or tub filled with chemical de-clogger.


Hair is a common clogging issue. If you do end up with a drain clogged with hair, you can try to eliminate it with a chemical or organic drain cleaner. A plunger is a useful tool when trying to eliminate a hair clog.

If the clog will not budge, and you’re uncomfortable with drain fixtures and plumbing pipes, call a plumber. Clark County Plumbing solves drain issues on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, for customers. We know drains and how to clean and repair them.


Overtime, bits and pieces of food will enter your sink drains. Starchy food such as pasta and potatoes can cause a build-up in your drains. The starch adheres to the inside of the drain pipes. Eventually, the drain will become clogged.

Make sure you have food catches on the sink drains in your kitchen. If you use a garbage disposal, be sure to follow the manufacturers suggested intended uses for the disposal. Food does get disposed of, but the food does enter the your sink’s drainage system.

Soap or Mineral buildup

Soap scum, over time, will build up in older pipes and drains causing a clog. Often times, soap scum buildup can be eliminated with a chemical drain clogger. If the clog is too sever then Clark County Plumbing can snake the drain for an affordable price.

Hard water¬†is the most common cause of mineral buildup in your drains. If you’re diligent enough, you can reduce mineral buildup by pouring baking soda and boiling water or vinegar down your drains every two months or so for prevention.

Mineral Deposit in Pipes

Mineral Deposit in Pipes

Clogged drains are an ongoing home maintenance issue. You can help reduce them with preventative measures. However, prevention isn’t always enough. Your clogged drain pains may require professional plumbing experts. Clark County Plumbing are your local SW Washington plumbing and drain experts. “We can maintain your drains!”

Contact Clark County Plumbing or our emergency line today at 360-210-7933.

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