Preventing Clogged Showers

Who doesn't love simple life hacks that save you time and money? Most people are willing to try these simple tricks to save just a few minutes a day or a few cents here and there. But what if you could save hundreds of dollars and significant water damage to your home, and all it took was a few minutes or a couple of bucks? That is exactly what these simple and super affordable tips for avoiding shower clogs deliver. And you know you can trust them to be effective and safe because they are coming to you from the licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains. So try them all and know that you are preventing a costly and messy catastrophe for just pennies.

Mesh Screens

The most common reason for shower clogs is all the debris and loose hairs that you are washing down the shower drain. But after all, that is the purpose of taking a shower. So the simple and affordable solution to costly shower clogs in your Duluth or Hastings home is a tiny mesh screen that sits over the shower drain. This device costs only about a buck and captures all the debris that would create a nasty clog in your shower drain. Then, just dump the screen in the trashcan as needed, and never worry about a tough hair clog in your shower again.

Natural Cleaning And Deodorizing

Even when you are capturing all the loose hair before it makes it to the shower drain, soap scum and oil from shampoo and bathing products are still headed down the drain. As those materials pass through the drain pipes, they stick to the inside of the pipe and harden into a sticky, stinky mess. If left to collect inside the drain pipe, the residue will decrease the pipe's capacity and create future clogs. So you need to take a few minutes to clean the drains with safe and affordable items from the kitchen.

Just a cup of baking soda poured down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar, should do the job. Let the mixture bubble for about 30 minutes, then flush with a pot of boiling water, followed by hot water for about two minutes. This process will remove the residue and foul odor and never damage the drain pipes like caustic chemical drain cleaners.

A Few Handy Tools

Every home should have a plunger and a small plumbing snake. These basic tools will clear a minor shower clog before it gets out of hand and becomes costly. A flat flanged plunger can be placed over the shower drain to add force behind the water flow to wash away a minor clog. The plumbing snake is a simple way to remove clogs from the drain without damaging the drain line. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the snake packaging and wear gloves while using this tool.

If you have discovered these shower drain plumbing hacks just a bit too late, call the licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains at 612-340-1444 for fast emergency clog removal and professional drain cleaning services.


Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains

5720 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428