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What to Do If Your Shower Is Clogged

What to Do If Your Shower Is CloggedSearch online for plumbers in Victorville, CA. if your shower drain is repeatedly clogging. Shower and tub clogs are normal, and everyone has experienced them at one time or another. However, in some cases it could be more than a clog that is causing your problem. Qualified and professional plumbers will fix the clog, and inspect your plumbing system for any indication of other problems. Have your plumbing system checked once a year to keep small problems from turning into big ones.

What Causes a Shower Clog?

Hair is probably the most common cause of shower clogs. Hair is followed closely by small objects like hair product caps, plastic razor blade covers, and toothpaste lids falling into the drain and lodging in your pipes. While showering people shed quite a lot of hair. Long hair will especially lead to clogging. The problem is that the inside of your pipes are coated with soap scum and skin cells; hair sticks to this sludge and builds up, eventually blocking the pipe, causing the shower to drain slowly or not at all.

Hard water is also a major contributor to the slow but certain buildup of residue in your pipes. In short, hard water contains very small mineral deposits accumulated as it flows over rocks and stirs up sediment on its way to your home. Hard water is not harmful to drink. According to the Vermont Department of Health website: “There are no known health risks associated with the consumption of hard water… In fact, studies have shown that people who regularly consume hard water throughout their lifetime have a lower rate of cardiovascular disease.” Hard water does further the buildup in your pipes though.

A water softener can greatly reduce the amount of scum that gathers in your plumbing. They can be very costly though, and will change the taste of your water. Should you consider purchasing a water softener research them thoroughly first.

How to Prevent Shower Clogs

After the plumbers have cleared the clog in your pipes, and inspected your plumbing it’s time to start preventing those clogs from happening in the first place. Preventing clogs isn’t hard or time consuming. The first thing you will want to do is purchase a hair catcher. They are not expensive, but do come in a large array of designs so choosing the right one for you can be a challenge. Ask an employee at your local home improvement store for help, or read some reviews online before deciding which model to get.

The next thing you need to do is some regular maintenance. Once a month pour a couple of gallons of boiling water mixed with bleach down the drain, and then run hot water from your faucet for about five minutes. This will help loosen and clear some of the gunk that builds up. If you still experience slow draining problems repeat this process every two weeks.


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