Common Causes of Blocked Pipes and How to Fix Them - Drain Target
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Common Causes of Blocked Pipes and How to Fix Them

We all know how frustrating blocked pipes can be. They disrupt your daily routine and can cause serious damage if not addressed promptly. In this post, we’ll explore the common causes of blocked pipes and how you can fix them. We’ll also highlight how Drain Target can help with professional blocked pipe services to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.

Common Causes of Blocked Pipes

  1. Hair

Hair is a common culprit for blocked pipes, especially in bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs. Over time, hair can accumulate in the drain, combining with soap scum to form stubborn clogs.

Fix: Regularly use a drain cover to catch hair before it goes down the drain. For minor clogs, a bent wire hanger or a drain snake can help pull out the hair. For more persistent blockages, Drain Target offers professional drain cleaning services to thoroughly remove hair clogs.

  1. Grease and Fat

Kitchen sinks often get clogged with grease and fat. When you pour cooking oil or fat down the drain, it cools and solidifies, sticking to the walls of your pipes and trapping other debris.

Fix: Avoid pouring grease down the drain. Instead, let it cool and dispose of it in the trash. If you already have a grease blockage, try pouring boiling water mixed with a little dish soap down the drain. For tougher clogs, Drain Target’s hydro jetting services can effectively clear the grease buildup.

  1. Food Waste

Even with a garbage disposal, some food waste can cause blockages. Items like coffee grounds, eggshells, and fibrous vegetables (like celery and potato peels) are particularly problematic.

Fix: Be mindful of what you put down your garbage disposal. Scrape plates into the trash or compost instead of the sink. If you’re dealing with a food waste clog, a plunger can sometimes help. For severe blockages, Drain Target’s professional plumbing services are available to resolve the issue.

  1. Soap Scum

Soap residue can build up over time, especially in bathroom drains. This is more common with bar soaps, which contain fats that can solidify and cause blockages.

Fix: Switch to liquid soap to reduce buildup. Regularly flush drains with hot water and a bit of vinegar to dissolve soap scum. For persistent blockages, Drain Target’s expert plumbers can provide thorough cleaning to keep your pipes clear.

  1. Foreign Objects

Items like jewelry, toys, and small toiletries can accidentally end up in your pipes, causing blockages. This is a common issue in households with young children.

Fix: Install drain guards to catch foreign objects before they go down the drain. If something does get stuck, avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can push the object further down. Drain Target’s advanced camera inspection services can locate and remove foreign objects without damaging your pipes.

  1. Tree Roots

Tree roots can infiltrate your underground pipes, causing severe blockages and even pipe damage. They are attracted to the moisture and nutrients in your pipes.

Fix: Regular inspections can help detect tree root intrusion early. If you suspect tree roots are the cause of your blockage, Drain Target offers trenchless pipe repair methods, such as pipe bursting and relining, to fix the issue with minimal disruption to your property.

  1. Mineral Buildup

Hard water can cause mineral deposits to accumulate in your pipes, restricting water flow and leading to blockages.

Fix: Install a water softener to reduce mineral buildup. For existing clogs, Drain Target’s hydro jetting services can effectively remove mineral deposits and restore proper water flow.

  1. Toilet Paper and Wipes

Excessive toilet paper and non-flushable wipes can cause toilet blockages. Even “flushable” wipes don’t break down easily and can clog pipes.

Fix: Use toilet paper sparingly and avoid flushing wipes. If your toilet is clogged, a plunger or toilet auger can help. For persistent issues, Drain Target’s professional plumbing services are available 24/7 to tackle even the toughest clogs.

How to Fix Blocked Pipes

DIY Methods

  1. Plunger: A plunger can often dislodge minor blockages. Make sure to use a plunger designed for sinks or toilets, depending on the location of the clog.
  2. Drain Snake: A drain snake (or auger) can reach deeper blockages. Insert the snake into the drain and twist it to break up or pull out the clog.
  3. Homemade Solutions: A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can help dissolve minor clogs. Pour the baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes before flushing with hot water.

Professional Help

While DIY methods can be effective for minor clogs, persistent or severe blockages require professional intervention. This is where Drain Target comes in.

Blocked Pipe Services by Drain Target

At Drain Target, we specialize in providing comprehensive solutions for blocked pipes. Here’s how we can help:

  1. Advanced Camera Inspections

We use state-of-the-art camera inspection technology to locate the exact cause and location of the blockage. This allows us to provide targeted and efficient solutions without unnecessary digging or damage to your property.

  1. Hydro Jetting

Our hydro jetting services involve using high-pressure water to clear out stubborn blockages. This method is highly effective for removing grease, mineral deposits, and other debris from your pipes, restoring proper flow.

  1. Trenchless Pipe Repair

For severe blockages caused by tree roots or damaged pipes, we offer trenchless pipe repair methods like pipe bursting and pipe relining. These methods minimize disruption to your property while providing a long-lasting solution.

  1. 24/7 Emergency Services

Blocked pipes can lead to emergencies, such as flooding or sewage backups. Drain Target offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services to address urgent issues quickly and prevent further damage to your home.

  1. Preventative Maintenance

Regular maintenance can help prevent blockages before they become serious problems. Drain Target offers customized maintenance plans to keep your plumbing system in top condition year-round.

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Why Choose Drain Target?

Choosing Drain Target for your blocked pipe services comes with several benefits:

  • Expertise and Experience: Our team of licensed and insured plumbers has years of experience handling all types of blockages. We use the latest technology and techniques to provide effective solutions.
  • Customer Satisfaction: We pride ourselves on our reputation for excellent service. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every job.
  • Eco-Friendly Solutions: We use environmentally friendly methods and products to ensure your plumbing system is safe for you and the planet.
  • Comprehensive Services: In addition to blocked pipe services, we offer a wide range of plumbing solutions, including drain cleaning, sump pump repair, and installation, and emergency services.


Blocked pipes are a common household issue that can cause significant inconvenience and damage if not addressed promptly. Understanding the common causes of blockages and knowing how to fix them can help you maintain a smoothly functioning plumbing system.

However, for persistent or severe blockages, professional help is essential. Drain Target offers comprehensive blocked pipe services, including advanced camera inspections, hydro jetting, and trenchless pipe repair. Our expert plumbers are available 24/7 to handle emergencies and provide reliable solutions for all your plumbing needs.

Don’t let blocked pipes disrupt your daily life. Contact Drain Target today to schedule an inspection or service and keep your plumbing system running smoothly. 

For more information or to book a service, visit our website at Drain Target or call us at (647) 703-8180. 

Let’s keep your drains flowing and your home free from plumbing issues!