If there’s one thing nobody wants to be greeted by in the morning, it’s a clogged drain in the bathroom. Whether it’s your sink, your bathtub, or your toilet that’s stopped up, a clog in one of your bathroom drains usually means it’s time to call a plumber. Ideally, of course, you wouldn’t have a clog in the first place. Here are some tips for avoiding clogs:
Brush before you use your tub or shower.
Hair is one of the most common culprits when it comes to drain clogs. Before you hop in the shower, take a few minutes to brush your hair. This will pull out all the loose hairs that would otherwise wash down your drain, eventually leading to a clog. If you shave in the shower, buy a rubber hair catcher and put it over your drain to catch all of the hairs.
Watch what you flush.
You should only use your toilet to flush waste, water, and toilet paper. Nothing else should go down your toilet drain—and that includes cleaning wipes, diapers, paper towels, facial tissues, dental floss, tampons, medication, and any of the other common household items that plumbers find clogging up toilet drains.
Clean your pop-up stopper.
Most bathroom sinks have a long, removable stopper that can be used to open or close the drain. It’s a good idea to remove the stopper periodically and clean off the hair, soap scum, and anything else that is clinging to it. Having a clean stopper will help keep your bathroom sink draining like normal.
Is your day being held up by a clogged drain? Mike Counsil Plumbing is a family-owned and operated plumbing company offering 24-hour emergency services in San Jose, including drain cleaning. Our team uses state-of-the-art techniques—including hydro-jetting and video inspection—to identify and fix clogs quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about our services, call us today at 408-618-8002.