How to Prevent Shower Drain Clogs from Hair

drain-with-chain-plugThere are many materials that are responsible for causing clogged shower and bathtub drains. Probably the biggest one is hair clogs. Hair that goes down a drain can easily become caught in the P-trap, the curved pipe section located right under the drain. Once hair is caught, it starts to snare more hair that comes down the drain. It won’t take long for a tangled blockage to stop up the pipe—and it can be hard to clear out using a plunger or even a hand-cranked drain snake.

The solution to a hair clog in the bathroom is to call for a professional plumber. You can count on our professional plumbers to solve the trouble fast with our drain cleaning techniques. However, we’d like to help you stop the problem from starting in the first place. Here’s what you can do to prevent clogged shower and bathtub drains in your home:

Use drain covers

An empty drain will allow not only hair in, but also soap scum and debris. To avoid a clogged shower drain, purchase a mesh drain cover from your hardware store to prevent hair and other materials from going down the drain. You should clean off the drain cover regularly to make sure that it doesn’t start to stop water flow.

Install drain screens

A drain screen is a mesh net set down within the drain that is even more effective than a drain cover at stopping hair. Putting in a screen often requires unscrewing the top of the drain and then re-securing it with putty to prevent leaking around the sides. If you don’t feel confident doing the job, our plumbers will help you install a drain screen to prevent a clogged shower drain.

Keep extra hair out of the sink

Before you shower or wash and style your hair over the sink, brush it out to remove loose hair. While you’re showering, stop to remove any loose hair from around the edges of the shower or bathtub so they won’t go down the drain.

If you need fast drain cleaning from experts, call on the team of professional plumbers Wm. Henderson. We also offer other plumbing services such as water heater repair, repiping, and sump pump installation. Give us a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 to receive assistance with an emergency plumbing repair project.

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