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Clogged Drains and Toilets

Clogged drains and toilets are among the most common and frustrating plumbing issues faced by New Yorkers. Whether in a high-rise apartment in Manhattan or a historic brownstone in Brooklyn, these problems can disrupt daily life and lead to more severe plumbing issues if not addressed promptly. Understanding the causes and solutions can help residents keep their plumbing systems running smoothly. Enlisting the help of A+ rated Better Business Bureau (BBB) professionals at Above & Beyond Plumbing will also ensure that the issue is fixed once and for all.

Causes of Clogged Drains and Toilets

Several factors contribute to the frequent occurrence of clogged drains and toilets in New York:

  1. Accumulation of Debris: Hair, soap scum, grease, and food particles are common culprits that accumulate in pipes over time, leading to blockages. Kitchens and bathrooms are particularly vulnerable to these types of clogs.
  2. Non-Flushable Items: Items such as wipes, sanitary products, and paper towels should never be flushed down the toilet, as they can cause significant blockages. Despite warnings, improper disposal of these items remains a widespread issue.
  3. Aging Infrastructure: Many buildings in New York have old plumbing systems that are more susceptible to clogs. Corroded pipes and outdated designs can exacerbate the problem.
  4. Tree Roots: In some areas, tree roots can infiltrate sewer lines, causing severe blockages. This issue is more common in residential neighborhoods with mature trees.

Solutions and Prevention

Addressing clogged drains and toilets promptly can prevent minor inconveniences from turning into major headaches. Here are some effective solutions and preventive measures:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Regular cleaning and maintenance of drains can prevent build-up. Using a drain guard can catch hair and food particles before they enter the pipes.
  2. Proper Disposal: Educating household members about what can and cannot be flushed or washed down the drain is crucial. Only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed.
  3. Professional Help: For persistent or severe clogs, it’s best to call Above & Beyond Plumbing to help you out. Professional plumbers have the tools and expertise to address the root cause of the problem, such as hydro-jetting to clear out stubborn blockages.
  4. Chemical Drain Cleaners: While over-the-counter drain cleaners can provide a temporary fix, they should be used sparingly. Frequent use can damage pipes over time. Opt for enzymatic cleaners that are gentler on plumbing systems.


Clogged drains and toilets are a common issue in New York, but they don’t have to be a constant headache. By understanding the causes and implementing regular maintenance and proper disposal practices, residents can keep their plumbing systems in good working order. When in doubt, contact us at (718) 484-4911 to ensure that the problem is addressed correctly and safely, preserving the longevity of your home’s plumbing.


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