While easy to overlook, our drain and sewer systems are incredibly important to our well-being and home comfort. Without them, our home would be subject to foul odors and poor hygiene. But because of the amount of use they endure on a daily basis, our wastewater disposal system is subject to increased wear and tear.

Clogs occur in our home plumbing systems as a result of various factors, from old age and improper maintenance to non-organic matter getting stuck in your pipes. Whatever the reason, there are several common drain and sewer clogs that you should look out for. After all, you want to avoid the combination of foul odor and hot weather at all costs. Contact Sobieski Services today for superior drain and sewer services in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Common Drain and Sewer Clogs

Let’s take a look at a few of these common clogs:


Grease is a common reason for clogging in drain and sewer systems. While it may appear to be liquid when warm, it quickly turns to a sticky paste when cold, and you can imagine how this might clog up your pipes quite easily, especially when combined with food scraps and other debris.

Never put fat, oil, grease, or butter down the drain. Instead, pour it into a jar or can and wait for it to cool before throwing it away in the garbage.

Pro Tip: Run cold water while the garbage disposal is on to help solidify any grease that may be in the disposal.


Unless you have a hair stopper, or even if you do, then your drainpipe and sewers are subject to clogging by the hair that goes down your shower and bathroom sink’s drains. While it often won’t make a big impression on its own, hair is very strong and when it bundles together with other substances like soap and toothpaste, it can create serious blockages.

Collapsed Sewer Line

While this is much more than merely a clog, it does block up your system, and needs serious, professional attention. If you notice wet spots or a foul odor in the backyard, then you probably have a sewer line problem. One of the common causes of a collapse sewer line is a tree root that has penetrated the pipe, causing a structural integrity issue, or soil erosion that creates a shift in weight. 

Common Methods for Unclogging Drains 

Drain clogs can occur anywhere in your pipes—in the P-trap, a branch line carrying waste to the main line, the main house drain or its connection to the sewer. If you’re experiencing a clog in one fixture only, start by unclogging the P-trap underneath. Then, work your way to cleaning the branch and main drains. 

Common methods for drain cleaning include plungers, augers, hoses, water jetters, and wet/dry vacs. We do NOT recommend using chemical drain cleaners since they are toxic and can cause damage to your plumbing system. Try these natural drain cleaning methods before contacting a plumber. If your pipes are still clogged, contact the drain cleaning experts at Sobieski.

Contact Sobieski Services today for comprehensive drain and sewer services in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.<