How to Prevent a Clogged Bathtub Drain

There are two kinds of people in the Inland Empire: those who routinely clear hair and soap residue from their tub and shower drains, and those who don’t.

Sounds a little overly simplistic, doesn’t it? That’s because it is, but what the heck – it’s only a blog and we’re trying to make a very simple point. And that is, the more you keep up with your drains, the less likely they are to clog and backup in the first place. So here are some handy and effective tips for preventing a messy backup in your tub and/or shower.

Remove the hair from your drain screen after every bath or shower.

Hold on, they get tougher.

Don’t have a hair screen? Buy a drain hair catcher!

That’s right: if your tub or shower drain doesn’t have a hair screen, you can purchase a drain hair catcher (like the one shown on this page) for under $10. More importantly, you’ll save yourself all kinds of headaches. But once again, the trick is to keep it clean and hair-free.

Ooo, what a little bleach can do.

If you’re past the point of preventing a clogged drain and now have to clear up the clog you already have, try pouring approximately a quart of chlorine bleach down your drain before going to bed at night. In the morning, run some warm water down the drain for two reasons: first, to see if the bleach did its job and, secondly, to dissipate the bleachy odor.

Or, maybe some vinegar and baking soda instead.

If you’re not a fan of bleach, here’s a more natural way to bust up a hairy drain clog: pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, quickly followed by one cup of distilled white vinegar. Let that sit for a half hour, and then, for your encore, pour a tea kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain. If that doesn’t work, repeat the whole process over again. And if that still doesn’t work? Well, let’s just say that neatly leads us to our blog conclusion.

Blog Conclusion

No matter which drain or toilet in your house might be clogged, and no matter how pesky the clog might be, Plumbtastic has the skill, experience, and resources to make everything right again. We hope you give our prevention and self-cleaning tips a try, and good for you if they do!   If not, just pick up the phone or contact us by email now.

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