Drains channel water through your plumbing system and are very important components overall. Without them, water will go nowhere, standing in basins. While showering and bathing, hair follicles fall and can clog a drain. Nobody likes cleaning hair from a shower drain, so it might remain sitting there, picking up clumps of shampoo, conditioner, and soap, blocking up your drain even more. Eventually, it seems like your shower takes forever to drain. Here are two tips for avoiding the problem altogether:
- Brush your hair before you shower. Even if you’re not balding, people lose hair each day. If you have long, thick, or curly hair, they get stuck on your head instead of falling to the ground as you go about your day. Brushing out your hair before showering can collect loose follicles before they fall out into your shower basin as you clean your head. It’s much easier to clean your brush than to clean a drain.
- Use a drain cover. Most big box and home improvement stores sell catchers for bathroom, kitchen, and shower drains that have a fine metal or plastic mesh. Not only do these cover the drain and catch hair, but they can also prevent the traditional horror story of losing your wedding ring down the drain. With a drain cover, you can easily tip the cover over a trash can after showers, or even wipe it clean with a paper towel.
It’s always easier to prevent clogs than it is to fix them. Making sure as little hair as possible makes it into your shower drain is a great way to minimize clogs without having to think much about it. If you’ve found yourself in a hairy situation with a clog or wish to learn more on maintaining your plumbing and pipes, contact us today.