We often don’t appreciate the things we don’t see. Such is the case with our plumbing systems. Since your pipes are hidden in the walls, beneath the flooring, and in the ground, it’s easy to either ignore them and assume they will always work or are indestructible.


This mindset, which is common with many homeowners, is what leads to bad habits and plumbing abuse, and consequently, numerous drainage problems. Below, we look at some common daily habits that cause your drains to clog.

Flushing Foreign Objects Down the Toilet

We’ve all been taught (probably by our mothers) that the only objects that belong in a toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Simple, right? Not so much. There are many objects that are flushed down the toilet that can cause severe blockage if the action is repeated daily.


These objects include:


●        Tampons

●        Wet wipes—even the “flushable” kind

●        Diapers

●        Paper items

●        Cotton swabs


These items get stuck in the toilet and in the pipes. It can also take months or years for them to fully break down in the septic system. For this reason, you should refrain from flushing them down the toilet.

Putting Anything and Everything in the Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are more powerful than ever. They also have tough blades that can chew almost anything not made of metal. Yet, they were never designed to grind items other than certain types of foods and liquids. Furthermore, the real problem occurs after an object makes it past the blades. Certain types of foods and or fibrous materials will turn to paste or gather and wrap around the blades once they are cut up. Other materials will harden. Examples include:


●        Food grease, oil, or fat

●        Egg shells

●        Nut shells

●        Coffee grounds

●        Animal bones

●        Rice, pasta, or bread

●        Fibrous fruits and vegetables

●        Harsh chemicals

Doing Any Activity Over the Sink

There are various activities that homeowners engage in while standing over their kitchen or bathroom sink that cause the drains to clog up. These activities often including dropping or pouring items into the drain. For instance:


●        Brushing hair

●        Using cosmetics

●        Food preparation

●        Grooming pets

●        Rinsing out paint brushes

●        Cleaning auto parts


All of these and other activities can cause buildup to harden in the sink and eventually block the pipes and limit the water flow.

Professional Drain Cleaning Services in Minneapolis

If you have discovered that the water is backed up or slowly draining in your pipes, contact Drain Blaster Bill. We offer a wide range of plumbing services for home and business owners in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs.


To schedule a plumbing inspection or drain cleaning, call us at 763-913-8719.