How many times have you gotten into the shower and, minutes later, after the routine of washing your hair, you have found yourself submerged in 10 cm of water that your drain does not manage to drain? This is caused by the hairs that fall and accumulate forcing a clog in the valve of the drain.
Cleaning a clogged drain can be a very unpleasant job, especially if it has been clogged up by traces of hair, or it will involve an expense if you have to call a professional.
The preventive attitude is the most positive in these cases. Here are 5 tips to follow so that this does not happen. Keeping the drain clean will only take a few minutes and will save you from having to unclog it and prevent any damage it can cause.
- Always use, in both the sink and in the bathtub, a metal grid to prevent hairs and other debris from going to the drain. Simply empty the grid then into the wastebasket. Also use the same method in the kitchen sink to avoid food debris.
- Once a week pour a pot of boiling water into the sink or tub’s pipe, to melt the accumulated fat.
- Once every two months you can make a mixture with 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for 30 minutes then pour plenty of boiling water down the drain. This will remove remains that may have accumulated.
- Clean the plugs periodically. The hairs can accumulate there causing obstructions.
- Never throw chemicals such as paint or solvents through the pipes, or pour hot wax or other similar substances.
Hopefully these tips will be of help. Clogged drains can become one of the most unpleasant problems in the home. If clogs still persist, seek the help of a professional.