We've all been there before. You hop in the shower and after a while you realize that the water isn't draining. Instead of standing in chilly water, you can follow some tips from Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating that can help you keep that drain clear. Just taking a few simple steps can help you avoid this annoying plumbing problem. And if a clogged shower drain becomes a major issue, an expert plumber from our company is ready to assist you!
Invest in a Hair Catcher
One of the most common causes of shower drain clogs is hair. This can especially be a problem if many people in your household have long hair. You can try to keep the stray hairs out of your drain, but you're probably going to miss at least a few of them. They'll go down your drain and bunch together to obstruct water flow. That's why buying a hair catcher is a good idea. This can stop the hairs before they go down the drain. All you have to do is clean it out from time to time.
Avoid Oily or Greasy Bath Products
Oil and grease are other common causes of clogs. It could be tempting to use body oil in the shower, so that you can easily wash off any residue. Unfortunately, this behavior could eventually cause a clog. Any kind of bath product that can make your skin oily and greasy should be avoided if you want to keep your shower drain clear.
Let the Shower Run a Little Longer
You can sometimes clear potential obstructions out of the drain before they clump together and become an issue. After your shower is down, just run hot water for a few more minutes. This will help flush the drain and put a stop to any build up of stuff that can block your drain. Taking this step won't eat up too much time, and you'll be able to help avoid an irritating plumbing problem in the future.
Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain
On that same note, pouring boiling water down the drain can also help prevent clogs. Like the hot water from the shower, the boiling water can help clear out potential blockages before they become big problems. Pouring some boiling water down your shower drain from time to time can result in a shower that runs smoothly and doesn't get plugged up.
Use Some Common Kitchen Ingredients
Some items commonly found in your kitchen can also help prevent clogs. Vinegar can be poured down the drain to remove any clogs that are trying to form. Just let things sit for around ten minutes after pouring the vinegar down there. Baking soda can also be used to clear drains. Just pour some down the drain along with hot water. This has the added bonus of getting rid of any unpleasant odors too.
Employ More Powerful Chemicals
If boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda don't work, you can opt for some harsher methods for preventing shower clogs. Some chemicals you might already have in your household can help break up clogs that have been standing up to everything else. Pouring small amounts of ammonia or bleach down your drain can help prevent larger clogs. Just be careful handling these chemicals.