Tips for Preventing Clogs in Your Shower Drain
By Daniel Burke, 9:00 am on December 8, 2020
As a homeowner, you know plumbing issues can arise at any time. One of the most common problems involves clogs in your shower drain. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent these types of clogs from causing major issues with your home plumbing. San Diego homeowners can prevent shower drain clogs by following these tips.
Add a Drain Screen
One of the easiest steps you can take to prevent a clogged shower drain is to add a drain screen. Mesh screens made of steel are the best options and can be installed in the drains of all the showers in your home. They catch hair, lint, and other debris to prevent clogs from occurring in the drainpipes. After each shower, remove the screen, clear out all the debris, and throw it in the garbage.
Flush the Drain
Flushing the shower drain on occasion is a good way to eliminate all the buildup in the pipes. This is a task you can do once per week to prevent clogs. Boil a pot of water and pour half of it down the drain. Let it sit for around five minutes, then repeat the process with the rest of the boiling water. Very hot water works well to loosen and flush particularly stubborn debris, such as excess soap and conditioner, out of your shower drain.
Use Natural Substances
It’s best to avoid commercial drain cleaners containing harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes. Instead, you should rely on mixtures of natural substances to periodically clear out your shower drains. Baking soda and white vinegar work well for cleaning drains. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with a half cup of white vinegar. Let the combination sit for 30 minutes, then run the hot water to flush it out. Another option is to pour a cup of bleach down the shower drain and let it sit overnight. Then, in the morning, run the water for several minutes to clear it.
Avoid Products with Excess Oils
Although there are many beauty and bathing products that contain oil, you should avoid using them in your shower. Products such as coconut oil and bath oils can cause a clogging problem. When oil gets in the drain and reaches your pipes, it can sit and harden. Only use beauty and bathing products that don’t contain oil.
Avoid Dumping Buckets Down the Drain
When you mop your floors and use a bucket to wring out the excess moisture from the mop, there’s a whole slew of debris left over. As a result, it’s best to avoid dumping the bucket down your shower drain, as it can cause a clog. If you live in a house, you can dump the contents of the bucket outside in your yard.
Let the Water Run
Each time you use the shower, you should let the water run for a few minutes after you get out. Keeping the hot water on at full blast is particularly helpful because it allows you to clear out the drain.
If you find yourself dealing with a stubborn shower clog or any other type of plumbing problem in your home, don’t hesitate to call on Burke Contractors. We only contract with licensed and experienced plumbers to ensure our clients receive nothing less than high-quality service delivered with outstanding professionalism. When they need exceptional plumbing services, San Diego residents can rely on us to connect them with the finest professionals available. If you need plumbing services of any kind, call us right away at 858-208-7765.