How to Protect Your Bathroom Drains
If a clog is severe enough, you need to call a plumbing company. It’s best to prevent them from occurring to avoid the expense of having it fixed. Clogged drains can be prevented by following a few simple maintenance tips. Here are four things you should do to protect your bathroom drains.
1. Use a Screen Over the Shower Drain
Drain screens fit over the drain to catch hair, grease and soap scum while you shower. Clean the screen every day to keep it working at its maximum effectiveness. While it won’t trap all hair and other things that contribute to clogs, it will catch a good amount. You won’t have to pull hair out of the drain as often when you use a screen.
2. Brush Your Hair Before Taking a Shower
If you brush your hair before showering, you will remove the hairs that were ready to be shed. They will end up in your brush rather than your drain, helping you to keep the pipes in good condition longer.
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3. Have a Water Softener Installed
A water softener solves the problem of mineral buildup. Mineral buildup not only looks bad on your sink but can cause problems inside the pipes. A water softener removes minerals from your water, so you won’t experience mineral buildup.
If you don’t want to install a water softener, you can apply a vinegar-soaked rag to your sink for 30 minutes and rinse away the mineral buildup.
4. Pour Hot Water Down the Drain
Boiling water does a great job of preventing the buildup of grease and soap scum. Once a month, pour a pot of hot water down the drain to help clear out the pipes. If you’ve noticed buildup starting in your pipes, you can pour a cup of vinegar down the drain and follow up with a pot of hot water 30 minutes later.
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