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Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Drain Hair Free

Jul 11th 2015 at 3:37 AM

Basic tips to help keep your shower from clogging due to excess hair buildup in the drain.

Clogged shower drains are a regular problem for many people, regardless of whether they own their own homes or rent. One of the main reasons for this is because people tend to forget about cleaning drains and ensuring that they are debris free when they do other regular household cleaning tasks. There are a few ways to incorporate drain cleaning into your regular housework schedule, though, and once you are in a routine, it is easier to keep things going.

The first thing to think about is which drain cleaner to use when you do need to totally clear the debris in a pipe. It’s important to be sure about what you are putting into your pipes, because some heavy-duty drain cleaners and decloggers use chemicals that can cause unnecessary wear on your pipes if they are used frequently. Try to avoid picking a product with a heavily acid-based list of active ingredients, and steer yourself toward enzymatic cleaners if possible. Those heavy decloggers are great if you have a standing water problem, but you don’t want to overdo them.

You’ll only need to use a little drain cleaner about once a month to keep things clean. In-between those cleanings, there are a few other steps you can take. For starters, make sure that you are regularly lifting and cleaning any traps, stoppers, or other removable items. Debris can get caught on these and build up, so it is important to check them every time you clean your shower. It can also be helpful to install a hair trap if your shower or bathtub is compatible with local offerings. Otherwise, you will want to use a bent wire or hair catching brush to reach down into the drain and retrieve any built-up hair every time you are cleaning the shower and checking the stoppers. This will help prevent longer hairs from forming clogs, and that will keep you from needing to use those heavy drain decloggers, too.

Hair is going to build up in and around your shower’s drain, it’s a fact of life. Even if you install a trap, it still needs to be regularly cleared, because the flow of water will take any loose hair down to it eventually. Once you get into a solid routine, though, cleaning your drain gets easier and easier, because a regularly cleaned and maintained drain never has the opportunity to build up enough hair to really cause a problem. To learn more about shower drain cleaning and repiping services in San Marcos, you can visit this website.

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Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at Tumblr blog.

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