Of all the rooms in your home, it’s likely that your bathrooms have the most plumbing. Most bathrooms have a sink, tub, and toilet, and some even have an additional shower. With so many pipes and drains in one area, a clog can definitely spell disaster. Keeping your bathroom plumbing as clean and clog-free as possible is important, but it can be hard to know what some of the best measures you can take might be.
In this article, we’ll share some ideas on how you can keep your toilet, sink, and tub/shower pipes free of clogs and running smoothly, and how Home Climates can help with any plumbing concerns you might have. Keep reading to learn more!
5 Tips for Keeping Bathroom Plumbing Clog-Free
Nobody wants to think about a clogged toilet, tub, or bathroom sink. Not only is it an inconvenience, but if left unchecked, it could lead to bathroom flooding and serious water damage. Below are five things you can do to help keep your bathroom plumbing running as smoothly as possible:
- Invest in a mesh shower drain hair catcher. Hair, soap scum, and conditioner residue can combine forces for super drain-clogging action, so keeping hair out of the drain is a good first step. A mesh shower drain hair catcher may just do the trick! These can easily be found in the hardware section of most stores, and are usually inexpensive.
- Give your hair a good brushing before bathing. That way, the hair you’d naturally shed each day will end up in your brush instead of in the tub or shower – and potentially in the drain. This goes for both humans and any pets you may bathe in the tub. (Pet hair can easily clog drains, even those with hair catchers. Consider bathing your pet outside when possible, or place a washcloth over the drain to collect pet hair before it enters your plumbing.)
- Don’t flush anything except waste and toilet paper. Most toilets are designed to handle waste and toilet paper – nothing more. Keep in mind, that something that’s labeled as “flushable” may not be. Most older homes were not equipped with the plumbing to handle things like wipes or sanitary products. And obviously, keep non-flushables like dental floss, paper towels, and cotton swabs out of your toilet!
- Occasionally clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda. While this may not help a seriously clogged drain, it can be good preventive maintenance that you as a homeowner can easily do. Run the hot water for a short time. Put ½ cup baking soda in your drain, and then 1 cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for around 10 minutes, and then rinse with hot water.
- If your bathroom sink has a pop-up stopper, clean it weekly. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget about our bathroom sink drain. But like the tub drain, it can easily get clogged with hair and soap scum, and even the sticky residue that some kinds of toothpaste leave behind. Remove the stopper weekly, clear any debris in your drain, and thoroughly clean the stopper before replacing it.
Can Home Climates help me if I have a plumbing problem in my bathroom?
We sure can! At Home Climate, our qualified plumbers are ready to help with any plumbing concerns you may have in your home, including bathroom plumbing. We can help with issues like clogs, leaks, and toilet, sink, and faucet repairs. We want to make sure your home is as safe and comfortable as possible for you and can help you get emergency plumbing services if needed.
We’ll help you with your leaking faucet, toilet, or sink. We guarantee high-quality emergency service so you can call us at any time – and we’ll be there to help before it gets worse and you’re left with potentially more damage. Call us today at 717-689-4151 to learn more about our emergency plumbing service and a representative will be able to help you right away.