3 Tips To Prevent Shower Clogs

shower clogStanding in a puddle of soapy water as you’re trying to get clean isn’t much fun and it isn’t something you have to put up with, no matter how long your hair. A few simple tactics can prevent shower clogs and protect your pipes.

  1. Use a drain strainer – These devices sit in the drain opening and trap hair, soap scum, and other debris while letting water pass through. If hair is your main concern, look for the cylindrical strainer often sold as a “hair catcher.” If you can’t find a strainer that will fit your drain, remove the built-in drain cover, fit a circle of wire mesh under it, then replace the cover to hold down the mesh. Even with a drain strainer, avoid using the shower to wash rugs, planters, cat litter boxes, and other items that put insoluble debris into the pipes.
  2. Flush regularly – Cleaning your drain every one to two weeks is another effective way to prevent shower clogs. Pouring two gallons of boiling hot water into the drain helps rinse away buildup from oily substances such as shampoo, conditioner, and lotions. For a more thorough cleaning, use an enzyme-based drain cleaner. To be effective, these cleaners must be used exactly as directed, so read the instructions carefully. Avoid chemical drain cleaners, which can damage your pipes.
  3. Schedule professional maintenance – If your shower drain clogs frequently, the problem may lie deeper in your plumbing system where only a plumber can find it. For instance, there might be thick buildup in your pipes drain cleaners and small drain snakes can’t remove. Similarly, a blockage in your sewer line can cause the showers on the ground floor to clog. Clearing a sewer blockage is a job for a pro. By scheduling a professional inspection once a year, you’ll find out about developing issues before they cause clogs or leaks.