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3 Handy Tools to Keep Your Sink and Shower Drains Unclogged

A clogged drain can be a real annoyance, especially if you live with multiple people. Stepping into a tub full of water after someone has just taken a shower is not the most enjoyable experience. Keeping your drains clog-free is important but most chemical drain cleaners can be corrosive and harmful to your pipes and your family. Fortunately, there are a few drain clearing tools that are safe to use and will help keep your pipes free flowing.

water draining slowly in sink due to a clogged pipe

1: The Drain Wig

The Drain Wig is a handy tool that catches hair and prevents clogs in sink, shower, and tub drains. Thanks to this tool’s design, you can keep your hands clean as a nice flower detail serves as the handle that keeps the chain from being lost in the drain (the bathtub version has an anchor ornament in place of the flower). The chain has small horizontal barbs spaced throughout its length that catches any hair trapped in the drain. To remove a clog, simply pull the Drain Wig completely out of the drain and discard it with the clog. Replace with a new, clean Drain Wig every 2-4 months to keep your pipes clear.

2: ZIP It Drain Cleaner

Although less stylish than the Drain Wig, the ZIP It drain cleaner is an effective version of an at home, do it yourself drain cleaner. This simple, plastic vine tool is lined with barbs from top to bottom that easily help you remove clogs. Unlike the Drain Wig, this tool does not stay in your drain. Use the ZIP It as soon as your drain is taking on water slowly. A slow drain is the first sign of a clog building up. Insert the Zip it tool into the drain and give it a little twist to help the barbs grab the clog. Pull Zip It out of the drain and discard with the clog.

3: ENDURE Drain Line Maintainer

To best keep your pipes clean and free flowing, a liquid drain cleaner is the way to go. While most chemical drain cleaners can be damaging to your pipes, Brian Wear Plumbing’s ENDURE Drain Line Maintainer is a non-toxic drain cleaner that is safe for not only your pipes and your family, but also the environment. Use ENDURE to keep your pipes clear and prevent clogs caused by buildup, as well as rid your household of any foul odors caused by clogged drains.

Clogged drains can be annoying, but they can easily be avoided with the right tools and plumbing maintenance. For more information on clearing pipes of stubborn clogs, or if you’re in need of any other plumbing service, contact Brian Wear Plumbing today!

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