3 Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Drains Cleaner

Posted on: 15 December 2016

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When it comes to dealing with a dirty or clogged drain in the bathroom, prevention is key. If you don't want to deal with a slow drain or a backup, you need to take steps to prevent this from occurring. Fortunately, this isn't a completed task, as there are a number of practical things you can do to keep your bathroom drains cleaner.

Use Your Drains Properly

Make sure you aren't using your bathroom drains in the same manner that you would in your kitchen. Sure, everything ends up in the same place, but there is one important thing you don't want to overlook—your bathroom drain doesn't have a garbage disposal.

When you place food down the drain, it will get stuck and eventually create a clog. You can also attract pests such as drain flies into the area. If you're near the bathroom, don't be tempted to toss food in the sink. Remember that your bathroom sink isn't a trash can.  

Install a Drain Guard

In the shower, it's a good idea to install a drain guard. Drain guards look like strainers that you place over top the drain opening. As hair and other debris flows toward the drain, the guard catches it and keeps it from going down.

Excessive hair in the drain will build up and cause water to back up into the tub while you're showering, which isn't an ideal experience. If you regularly wash your hair in the shower, this is an excellent low-cost investment. Just make sure the guard is appropriately sized for the drain so that it covers the entire area.  

Maintain the Drain

Just as other areas of your home benefit from an occasional cleaning, your drains should be maintained too. A great way to maintain your drains is to run hot water in the sink from time to time. Hot water does a great job at dislodging any debris, helping it pass through the drain easily.

To achieve this benefit, you can simply turn on the hot water once a week and let it run for a couple of minutes. Just make sure the water is very hot.

If the drains in your bathroom are dirty or clogged, it might be time to contact a professional. Don't immediately run and buy a drain cleaner from your local home-improvement store. Most of these products contain harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes. Call a plumber such as SEEBACHER instead.