A clogged drain is one of the most frequent plumbing problems. The consequences can range from an inconveniently slow drain to an emergency backup. Know the most common causes of clogged drains and how you can prevent them.

3 Causes Behind a Clogged Drain

1. Improper Disposal

Hair, food waste, grease, feminine products, paper towels, cat litter, and wipes are some of the culprits that clog drains. Avoid sending anything down the drain other than water and soap in a sink and human waste and toilet paper in a toilet. Shallow clogs may be pulled out by plunging or snaking the drain. If this doesn’t work, a plumber will need to locate and remove the clog.

2. Full Septic Tank

septic tank carePumping is an important aspect of septic tank care that should be done at least once every three years. When the tank fills up, the waste won’t have anywhere to go. The drains will slow down and eventually back up completely, causing foul odors to emerge from the drains. To prevent this, schedule a septic pumping appointment, as these professionals will remove the excess waste and restore your system’s functionality. 

3. Tree Roots

Tree roots often interfere with main septic and sewer lines. The roots sense the waste’s nutrients inside the plumbing. They’ll find any crack or weak spot in the line and force their way in, then grow inside the pipe to block the entire passage. The root will need to be cut away with high-pressure water jetting. The tree will need to be uprooted to prevent it from growing back into the line.



The team at Great Bear Septic Service is well equipped to handle your clogged drain, no matter what the cause may be. They have over six years of experience in the septic solutions business, and are known for their prompt and convenient service. They offer septic system services for residents throughout New York’s Westchester, Putnam, and Southern Dutchess counties. Discover why they’ve earned a five-star reputation on Yelp and visit their website to browse their offerings. Call (845) 621-0250 to schedule an appointment.