A close up image of a sink.

Sink clogs are one of the most common forms of plumbing problems. Kitchen, bathroom, and even utility sinks all seem like they fall victim to clogs no matter how mindful you are when throwing things down the drain. Clogs are a huge inconvenience, and not to mention can be just plain gross. Depending on the type and the severity of the clog, they can lead to costly repairs and future plumbing problems. So, it’s important to understand how and why clogs may form, as well as various preventative measures that you can take. 

 

At Hubbard Plumbing, we understand that sink clogs can be frustrating and annoying, which is why we offer convenient plumbing services in Suffolk County. With over 25 years of experience in the industry of plumbing, it’s no wonder why we’re a Top Rated Local® Plumbing Company. Connect with us today if you have any plumbing issues, and we promise that we’ll be able to get the job done. 

 

Causes of Clogs 

Food

Kitchen sink clogs are most likely caused by food. Food washed off plates that goes down the drain can easily become trapped in the pipe system under the sink. Typically, sinks have something that’s called a P of J trap. This trap catches larger items to keep them from going further down the pipes. However, over time, if food starts to build up, it can cause the pipe to clog. Most of the time, you can just use a plumbing snake or a form of cleaner to remove them, but you may need to call an experienced plumber. 

 

Grease 

Grease is another cause of common clogs. Most of us know not to throw excess oil or grease down the drain, and if not, this is us telling you NOT to do it. Grease can create a sticky sediment that can cause other substances and food to get trapped inside of it. Grease is a bit more difficult to remove since grease is a hard substance to break down. Liquid grease is always able to easily form again over time. If you think you have a grease clog, we suggest you call your local plumber. It’s better to let a professional take care of it.

 

Hair

While hair clogs are more common when it comes to bathroom and shower drains, hair can get trapped anywhere. Hair that’s trapped in the pipes can accumulate over time and can form a very solid mass that will most likely need to be removed by a snake or some type of drain cleaner that can dissolve hair. A sink guard is a great way to help keep hair out of the drain. Also, if you notice hair in your sink, try and make it a habit to grab it and throw it in the trash can instead of letting it go down the drain. 

All in all, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re letting go down the drain. We know that clogs are bound to happen, but the simple thought of knowing what and what not to put down the drain can go a long way. For more information about what not to put down the drain, particularly in the kitchen, click here. Contact Hubbard Plumbing today regarding any questions and other plumbing services. We look forward to hearing from you!