Three Things You Don’t Expect Could Be Clogging Your Bathroom Sink

Posted on September 16, 2022

Bathroom sinks always seem to get clogged. But what’s causing the problem? In most cases, it’s actually everyday household items that people tend to overlook. 

Let’s discuss three common items that could be causing your clogged drains and how you can keep them clear.

Can soap clog a sink drain?

You probably never thought the soap you use to wash your hands could be causing your drain to clog, but it can. Soap is made up of oils and fats, which can solidify and cling to the sides of your pipes. Over time, this build-up can cause a blockage.

There are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. First, invest in a drain strain to catch the soap before it has a chance to enter your pipes. Second, switch to liquid soap instead of bar soap. This will help reduce the amount of build-up in your pipes.

Can toothpaste cause a clogged drain?

Toothpaste is another common culprit of clogged drains. Like soap, toothpaste is made up of oils and fats that can solidify over time and cause a blockage. 

A drain strain will also help prevent toothpaste from causing clogs, catching it before it has a chance to enter your pipes. You should also be careful about what kind of toothpaste you use, as abrasive types can damage your pipes.

Can makeup clog a drain?

Thick liquid creams and foundations may leave a woman’s skin looking flawless, but they’re particularly problematic for your pipes. Cosmetics, especially foundation, can be very thick and oily. When it’s washed down the sink, it solidifies and adheres to the sides of your pipes. Over time, this build-up can cause a blockage.

To prevent this from happening, use makeup-removing wipes before washing your face. Wipes will remove most of the makeup before it has a chance of washing down the sink. You should also be careful about what kind of makeup you use. For example, avoid using thick, oily foundations. Instead, opt for lighter, water-based formulas.

These are just a few common household items that could be causing your bathroom sink to clog. By being aware of these items and taking steps to prevent them from entering your pipes, you can avoid having to deal with a clogged drain. But if you need help with a stubborn clog, give us a call.

Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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