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What’s Causing Your Bathroom Clogs?

Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 11:00 am

There aren’t many household problems that are more inconvenient than that of a drain clog. Chances are pretty high that at some point during homeownership, you will need to deal with a clogged sink or shower drain in your bathroom. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to relieve the clog with a plunger. But sometimes a plunger is not enough.

Your natural inclination then may be to try store-bought chemical drain cleaner. Unfortunately, these cleaners are pretty abrasive and can actually end up doing more harm to your pipes than good. Additionally, this only provides a temporary solution as it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. So then, what exactly causes bathroom clogs?


Hair is one of the leading problems faced by your bathroom drains. It often gets caught in the sludge that lines your pipes, or is found down in the p-trap, which is the curved pipe section below the sink. It begins to accumulate until it eventually creates a thick plug that can be hard for plungers to break through. Our professional plumbers have specialized tools we use to remove these types of clogs. You can also reduce the chance of this type of clog occurring at all by using drain covers for your sink and shower.

Soap Scum Buildup

There really is no way to prevent soap from going down your drains. But unfortunately, this means that soap scum develops and accumulates on the inside of your drainpipe. This threatens to block up your drains, and also can create acidic chemicals that damage the interior of the drainpipe.

Small Objects

There are a number of various items that could be sitting around your sink or on the edge of your shower, like a cap for a plastic bottle or a razor, that may accidentally tumble down your drain and create an obstruction. Fortunately, our plumbers have the tools and experience to successfully extract whatever the object may be.

When you need professional drain cleaning services in Tumwater, WA, look no further than Brooks Plumbing Co.

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