Bathroom, kitchen and even utility sinks can become clogged. Clogs are at the very least inconvenient, but severe clogs can create huge problems for your plumbing system. In some cases, you will have to call a plumber to fix the problem.

It is important to understand why and how drains get clogged as well as to practice preventative measures to keep them clean and flowing smoothly. With tips and proper maintenance, you can help avoid major clogs that can be expensive to fix. American Drain Co., your drain service in Los Angeles, offers common causes of sink clogs.



Grease is the culprit in many clogged sinks. Grease creates sticky sediment that sticks to your pipes and traps other food; over time, this creates a clog. And this is a difficult clog to remove. Even your garbage disposal cannot properly dissolve liquid grease.

It is in your best interest, should you desire pipes that aren’t clogged, to simply pour or scrape grease in a garbage can. In fact, you should avoid putting grease, fat and oils down the drain at all times. But should some grease get into your drain, make sure you run your disposal with cold water.


Food is another common cause for clogged drains in the kitchen. Food that is scraped off plates can become trapped in the pipes under the sink. Over time, bits of food can build up in your P-trap and form a clog.

The easiest way to deal with this type of clog is by using drain cleaner or a plumbing snake. That is, unless the clog is in the P-trap and you can remove it to clear the drain. Chemical drain cleaners are bad for the environment and for your pipes as well, we don’t recommend them. There are environmentally friendly drain cleaners that are safe on your pipes.

Also, nobody wants highly toxic chemicals in a home with children and pets.


Hair clogs are quite common in bathroom sinks and shower and tub drains. Hair gets trapped in the sludge that collects in your pipes and accumulates over a period of time. Eventually, a solid mass is formed that will need to be removed to ensure proper functioning pipes. Environmentally friendly drain cleaners can dissolve these solid masses. You can also choose to just snake out the drain.


If you happen to have small children, they could be the ones to blame if you have a clogged sink. It is not uncommon for small children to put toys and other small objects down the drain. If these objects are not detected right away, they could cause a clog.

A toilet clog could also be due to a foreign object that has been flushed.

To remove such items, turn off the water, unscrew the P-trap and fish them out. If you can’t, then you will need to call a plumber.

In fact, if you cannot resolve a clogged drain on your own, place a call to American Drain Co.