drain-cleaning-diagramWe don’t mean to imply you need to stare into the drains in your house as often as you can spare the time. We mean that while you go about your daily routines of cooking, showering, bathing, and cleaning, imagining the drains are just fine, they may be picking up debris that will create slow or clogged drains in the future.

Below is a list of the most common build-up that forms in drains without you knowing about it—until something goes wrong.

Soap Scum

A strange term: if it’s soap, how can it be scummy? The truth is that it’s neither soap nor scum. It’s a mineral layer that occurs because of the reaction between soap and minerals in the water. The problem is worse in hard water, but it can be trouble in any household. Soap scum often builds up in shower and bathroom sink drains, which have a large volume of soap flowing down them. Soap scum is obstinate and hard to remove, making it one of the more difficult forces causing drain clogging. It also causes acidic reactions when it comes into contact with chemical drain cleaners, potentially damaging the drainpipe material. This is one of several reasons we recommend never using chemical drain cleaners.


No, not mist along the ground. FOG is an acronym for fats, oils, grease. These cooking materials and cooking byproducts are liquid when hot, but turn solid as they cool. Because people often poor FOG down kitchen drains and garbage disposals, a thick layer builds up that’s tough to remove. Not only can FOG stop-up a drain, it creates unpleasant odors and can lead to drain flies.


The great enemy of the bathtub or shower drain! Hair clumps are thick and easily catch other items in the drains, building up into a snarl that will take a professional plumber to remove. The best way to avoid trouble with hair in drains is to put drain covers or drain strainers over shower and bathroom sink drains. You’ll have to routinely clean them out, but you’ll save yourself plenty of trouble in the future.

Moist towelettes

Never flush towelettes down the toilet. No matter if the word “flushable” is on the packaging. Fewer items can clog up the plumbing faster—including the sewer line itself—than wipes sticking together and turning into an emulsified mass.

The Trusted Plumber: The Contractor to Call for Drain Cleaning

If you’ve got trouble with one or more of the above blocking your drains, call us for professional drain cleaning methods.

Why are we “The Trusted Plumber”? Because we stand behind our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Because we offer up-front pricing so customers won’t be caught with unpleasant surprises. Because we’re members of both the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association and Quality Service Contractors. You only have to schedule service with us to see why so many homeowners trust us for drain cleaning in Glendale, AZ and many other plumbing services.

The Trusted Plumber serves Glendale, AZ, and the surrounding areas. Schedule drain cleaning with our professionals.

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