Have the sinks started draining slowly, or do you suspect there’s something in your Newark, Delaware, home’s pipes that shouldn’t be there? We’ll outline common reasons for slow or clogged drains and tell you how to prevent them.

Soap Scum

Dish or hand soap in the kitchen and shampoo and body wash in the bathroom can build up in pipes, reducing the area that water can flow through.

Avoid the problem: Reduce the amount of soap you use.


Oil and water don’t mix — neither do grease and pipes. Grease solidifies as it cools, clogging pipes. Food particles then can get trapped in the grease and exacerbate the problem.

Avoid the problem: Don’t pour oil and grease down the sink; instead, put it in an old coffee can or glass jar.


Hair is a common culprit of clogged bathroom sinks and drains, and it can be hard for a homeowner to reach clogs that are farther down the drain.

Avoid the problem: Use a mesh catcher over the drain to capture hair. You can also purchase drain snakes that can grab and pull out any clogs near the pipe’s entrance.

Foreign Objects

Sometimes things find their way into pipes that shouldn’t be there, such as diaper wipes, feminine hygiene products, and the occasional toy. These products can easily clog pipes when they become stuck.

Avoid the problem: Dispose of waste properly, and consider throwing it in the trash instead of flushing it — even items like wipes that are advertised as safe for toilet systems.

Contact a Trusted Plumber for Help

When the drains in your home start to drain slowly or become blocked, call us at the William G. Day Company to schedule a professional to take care of the problem. Clogged drains can be more than just an inconvenience. They can cause unpleasant backups and expensive solutions if not treated properly. Give us a call today at (302) 219-5591 to get your drains running freely again.

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