Fall is The Season For Clogged Shower Drains

October 25th, 2013 · No Comments · by

According to scientists in Sweden there is such a thing as seasonal hair loss. And the heaviest hair loss occurs during the Fall, from October onwards. Humans tend to shed between 50 and 100 hairs everyday and this mostly happens when you’re brushing your hair or while shampooing in the shower.

So this leads us to the following question: how to prevent your shower drain from getting clogged with hair and soap buildup?

  • Install a tub stopper if you don’t have one
  • Use a hair screen on your drain opening
  • Clean your bathtub drain with vinegar by pouring one cup of it into the drain and letting it sit for 30 minutes, then rinsing it with hot water
  • Brush your hair before you shampoo it, that way the loose strands won’t go down the drain

 If your tub is clogged, here are a few steps to try before you call us:

  1. Unscrew the tub stopper and clear it of any debris and hair
  2. Use a wire hanger to pull up any clogged hair, try to not push the hair further in (if the hair is getting pushed in, give us a call!)
  3. Pour hot (not boiling) water down the drain, let the water stand for a few minutes and use the plunger
  4. Mix one third of a cup of baking soda with one third of a cup of vinegar in a cup of water and quickly pour it down the drain, the chemical reaction will fizz and froth. Add hot water to cover the clog and use the plunger again
  5. If you own a “plumber’s snake” or a shop vacuum now is the time to use it
  6. Try to avoid using chemicals such as Drano, as it can corrode your pipes

 

If the steps above do not clear your clog, give us a call and we will get it fixed!

 

 

Thanks for reading,

– DrainWorks Team

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