Hair in bathroom drains is an unpleasant thing to deal with. Unfortunately, it’s bound to happen sooner or later. Even if you don’t have long hair, hair eventually accumulates. It’s the most common source of drain blockages, and you can avert them by using these hacks to keep your drains clog-free.
Don’t Dump Certain Substances down the Drain
You can prevent drain clogs by not disposing of certain substances down them. For example, paint, paint thinner, oils and other substances can clog drains. Don’t dump these substances in bathroom sinks or tub drains. The same is true for too many paper products put down a toilet drain, so don’t flush anything other than toilet paper. This can block up and cause problems in your entire plumbing system.
Clean Hair off the Drain
One way to prevent a tub drain from clogging is to simply clean it off after every bath or shower. Gather it and throw it in the trash instead of letting it run down. There are even special filters you can buy to put over your drain to collect hair. Simply clean the guard out after every shower and throw away the contents. These guards are also available for sinks, so you can use them in your kitchen as well as your bathroom.
Buy a Commercial Product
There are a number of products available on the market that can clear clogged drains. These usually come in the form of liquid cleaners and plastic sticks with jagged teeth to physically pull gunk out of your drain. Follow the directions on liquid cleaners carefully, because most require you wait and/or flush the drain with water in addition. Because these products may emit fumes, it may not be best to allow children or pets into the bathroom during this time.
Hire a Plumber
If your drains are still clogged up after preventative measures and trying commercially-available products, you need to call a professional plumber like Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric or someone similar. Plumbing systems are complicated and trying to fix them is one DIY project you should not tackle. You should also call a plumber if you are simply not comfortable taking apart a disgusting shower drain or pouring chemicals down it.
You have a number of methods at your disposal for keeping your drains clean and clog-free. If prevention and DIY methods and products fail to get results, call a professional plumber to clean it out. Both you and your plumbing system will be happy with the change.