How to Prevent Clogged Bathtub Drains

I am the king of clogged drains. Everywhere I go, clogged drains seem to follow me. Since this problem is such a pain to fix, I decided to do some research to figure out how to prevent it. Whether you have clogged sink problems, or clogged bathtub drain issues, there are some steps you can take to avoid the situation.

Here are a few tips to avoid clogging your household drains.

Do Not Pour Grease

Kitchen sinks are notorious for clogs. One of the biggest enemies of the kitchen sink is cooking grease. Never wash this down your sink. Once the grease solidifies, it will clog your pipes and create a backup. Another evil kitchen sink monster is the leftover coffee grounds from your morning coffee. Always throw these away instead of washing them away.

Cleaning Floor Drain Strainers

We are all familiar with showers and bathtubs that begin to drain slowly. Most likely this is due to soap and hair buildup. However, if you remove the strainer every few months and use a bent wire to fish out debris, your problems should be kept to a minimum. Even if you are not currently having shower or bathtub problems, you would be surprised at how much debris will come out of your drain.

Use Chemicals Sparingly

Although chemical drain cleaners are meant to fix clogged drains, if overused, they can create the problem. Many chemical drain cleaners are extremely harsh. Those that have metal pipes such as steel, brass, or iron could cause their pipes to corrode over time. Chemical drain cleaners should only be used as a last resort.

Remove Overflow Plate

Another area that is commonly forgotten is the overflow plate in the bathtub. Every few months, you should remove this plate in order to clean the spring or rocker arm. Doing so will keep your bathtub drain from clogging. Once the hair and debris are removed from the rocker or spring arm, rinse with warm water and put back in place. Cheap bathtubs usually get clogged easily, that’s why, I recommend you get a proper one. Read this article for more information.

Sewer Pipes Free of Tree Roots

Tree roots can create major plumbing issues. The best solution is to keep trees completely away from your house. Unfortunately, this is not an option for many people. As a matter of fact, my sister in law gets clogged drains about once a year due to tree roots 4 houses down the block. To prevent the clogs she must call a professional once a year to auger and flush out the roots.

Clogged drains can be fairly disgusting to clean. Instead of cleaning out a big, hairy, moldy mess every couple years, try using these tips to keep your drains unclogged.

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