Ontario Plumbers: The Top 5 Things That Can Clog Your Drain

Clogged drains can be a major nuisance in Ontario homes and offices. Toilets, sinks and showers are necessary fixtures in homes, but a blocked drain would definitely render them unsanitary and unusable. There are a number of factors that can cause drain blockage, and one of the most common culprits plumbers face is the buildup of foreign objects and debris in the drainage system.



The average person loses about 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, and many of these strands are bound to fall off while a person is taking a bath or a shower. Hair is the primary cause of drain clogs in tubs, showers and sinks. Installing a drain filter could help prevent further blockage.

Toilet Paper, Wipes, Pads 

Toilet paper, flushable wipes, and feminine products can cause serious drain blockage. According to research, these products are some of the root causes of problems involving Canada’s sewage system. A lot of personal wipes are branded as flushable, however, a CBCNews article refutes some of the manufacturers’ claims, stating “Consumer Reports tested several brands of wipes labelled flushable and found that while toilet paper broke down after about eight seconds, the wipes showed no sign of disintegrating after 30 minutes in a toilet-flushing simulator.”


One of the primary causes of clogged drains is grease build up. While grease is in liquid form when it’s still hot, it becomes a sticky solid substance once it hardens. Liquid oils from pans should never be disposed through the drain, or they will eventually become major causes of clogging.

Clogged drains can create serious problems if not immediately fixed. Blocked drains can cause flooding in your home, which could damage the furniture and disrupt your family’s daily routine. Furthermore, the unhygienic environment created by the flooding can cause diseases, some even major ones, to your home’s residents.

Thankfully, there are ways to ensure that such catastrophes won’t happen. The best way to prevent clogged drains is to have your plumbing system regularly cleaned and maintained. Harris Plumbing Inc. offers various drain cleaning services which will help guarantee that your drains and pipes are always in excellent condition.