Bathtubs are one of the most common household areas that seem to get clogged up, outside of the kitchen sink. All the soap, lint, and hair that can get into your bathroom drain can really clog things up. If you don't intervene, you may need to contact a professional for plumbing repair. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to keep things flowing in your bathroom tub.
Use a Hair Catcher
One of the first things you can do is use a hair catcher. A hair catcher goes over the top of the drain. It allows you to catch hair that you shed when you take showers. With a hair catcher, you are going to need to remove the hair from the catcher on a regular basis. You may have to remove the hair from the catcher ever day if you have really long hair or multiple people using the same shower.
This will prevent hair from accumulating and building up in the drainage pipes. This is a big issue with showers and bathtubs and can be avoided with this preventative measure.
Clean Out Your Drainage Pipes with At-Home Methods
You can clean out your drainage pipes with a simple at-home method. When you scrub and clean your shower or bath every week or two, pour some baking soda down the shower drain. Follow up by pouring some vinegar down your drain and allow the mixtures to create fizz and work together. After a few minutes, pour some boiling water down the drain. This will help clean out your drain using natural products that will not damage or wear down the surface of your drainage pipes. This natural cleaning method will help remove soap scum, oils, lint, and hair from your bathtub drainers. If you do this on a regular basis, each time you clean your tub, you should be able to keep your drainage pipe clean.
Use Some Enzyme Drain Cleaners
On a monthly basis, you should use an enzyme-type drain cleaner. Enzyme-based drain cleaners are natural cleaners that eat up and break down hair and grease. The enzymes break down the build-up in your drains until they turn into a sludge that can freely flow through your drains to your septic tank or city sewer system. Make sure that you use natural enzymes. They are safe for the environment and will not harm the sewer system. Natural enzyme cleaners are usually effective for about a month, which is why they should be used on a monthly basis.
Keep your bathtub drains clean and flowing freely by using a hair catcher, cleaning your drains weekly with vinegar and baking soda, and using a natural enzyme cleaner on a monthly basis.Share
10 August 2018
My homes have always had either copper or PVC plumbing pipes. But when my plumbing system needed an overhaul last spring, I wanted a piping system for my home that I could work on myself when needed. There were a lot of good reasons to choose PEX piping, but my favorite thing about the PEX piping is that it's easy to work with, even if you're a beginner like me. Now I can make small repairs myself instead of calling the plumber every time I have a minor leak or other small problem. I still call the plumber for the big stuff, but it's more affordable now that I can take care of small issues myself. I started this blog to help others learn how they, too, can do DIY plumbing repairs at home.