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Shower and Tub Drain Maintenance

By May 10, 2018August 21st, 2020No Comments

No one is ever surprised when the kitchen sink backs up or the toilet gets clogged, but for some reason, we all expect our tub and shower trains to function without fail.  Keeping in mind the hair, cleaning products and soap that go down those drains every day, it shouldn’t be entirely unexpected to see the water start to back up in your tub or shower now and again.

Here are a few tips to keep your bathroom drains clear, and avoid unnecessary plumbing repairs:

Keep it Clear With Hot Water:

It sounds simple, but it’s true – every now and again you should either run your water at its hottest, or pour boiling water down the drain.  This is an easy way to clear any build up and debris from the pipes, with very little cost and effort.

Baking Soda and Vinegar:

Your third grade science project taught you about this great combination, and it is still just as effective today.  The reaction of these two components provides an effective cleaning solution that can help to remove clogs and get your drains flowing again.

Use Your Plunger:

Plungers aren’t just for toilets.  They can be used to clear any drain in your home, and the shower is no exception.  If your drains are backing up, your plunger can be a handy tool to fix the problem with nothing more than a little elbow grease.

Call A Plumber:

If you have tried all of these solutions and you are still dealing with drain blockage, it may be time to call your plumber.  Commercial products are not all created equal, and may cause damage to your pipes and the environment.  Trust a professional to assess the situation and choose the best solution for your home.  A quick visit might be all you need to get your tub or shower in working order again!