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Pro Plumbing Tips: How to Prevent Shower Clogs

Did you know that you can prevent shower clogs by giving your plumbing a little regular attention?

Dealing with drain clogs requires a lot of time and effort on your part. And you may end up having to call a professional in to handle the plumbing problem anyway.

Fortunately, preventing shower clogs requires very little work. Here’s how.

Add Mesh Drain Screens to Help Prevent Shower Clogs

The easiest way to prevent shower clogs is to reduce the amount of gunk that goes down the drain.

Hair is to blame for most clogged drains. So, try brushing your hair right before showering. Loose hairs will get caught in the brush and can be tossed in the trash instead of running down the pipes as you shampoo.

Plumbing professionals also recommend installing a mesh drain screen at each shower and tub drain.

Also called a hair catcher, this small device sits in your drain and catches stray hairs and debris before they can have a chance to flow down into your plumbing system. You’ll need to empty it once or twice a month (or more if you’re big shedders), but that’s a small price to pay for a clog-free shower drain.

Flushing the Drain Regularly Can Prevent Shower Clogs

A hair catcher works to block most debris from entering your plumbing system. However, it won’t stop oil from flowing through. Residue from shower lotions, hair conditioners and body oils can easily build up and clog the drain

Weekly flushing can help keep your shower drain from getting clogged.

Boil a large pot of water, then pour half down the drain. Wait about five minutes, then pour the remainder. This simple plumbing maintenance task helps to loosen any gunk that’s lurking in your drain pipes.

Natural Solutions to Keep Shower Drains Clear

Do you want to go the extra mile and make sure your plumbing stays clear? Harsh chemicals aren’t necessary – you probably already have the solution in your pantry.

Baking soda and vinegar are natural plumbing solutions for a clog-free shower drain.

Pour one-half cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow that with one-half cup of white distilled vinegar, and seal the drain. Let the mixture sit for about half an hour, then flush with hot or boiling water.

These two natural ingredients form a chemical reaction together, foaming up and agitating the pipes to remove soap scum and debris from your plumbing system. As a bonus, this also helps get rid of lingering odors in the drain.

Perform this easy plumbing maintenance every couple of months, or whenever you notice slow drainage or odors.

The professional team at American Plumbing can keep all of your drains clear. For help with shower clogs in your Utah home, contact our Provo office to schedule a plumbing consultation today.