Common Causes of Clogged Shower Drains

It happens to the best of us at one point or another – we turn on the shower only to find that our feet suddenly become submerged under water. Although this can be super frustrating, the truth is that it happens more often than you think. But the good news, however, is that by being proactive and putting in a little extra effort, you can work to prevent such from taking place in your home!

For further insight into the common causes of clogged shower drains and to learn what you can do to combat them, check out the below:

Hair: Hair is one of the biggest culprits of a clogged shower drain. Every time a strand winds up on the bottom of your shower, the flow of water will naturally bring it towards your drain, and potentially into it if you aren’t careful. To keep your luscious locks from wrapping themselves around your pipes, be sure to wipe up any hair at the end of your shower or place a hair stopper over your drain for added protection.

Soap: While the actual bar of soap isn’t likely to go down the drain, the soap scum that results from it can. Every time you use your shower, the soap scum deposits that are left over in your pipes can start to trap things like hair and skin cells, which all add up to one big clog! To keep soap scum from causing a major plumbing problem, pour some baking soda or hot water with vinegar down the drain every so often.

Toiletries: If they slip out of your hands, items like shampoo caps and razor covers can easily make their way down your pipes and cause a clog. Though they may be small enough to fit down the drain at first, as they continue to fall down the pipe it’s pretty natural for them to get stuck. Therefore, any time you go to lather up or shave, be mindful of where you’re placing the caps and covers.

To learn more about the causes of clogged drains, including more than just those in your shower, please click here.

If you experience trouble with your drain the next time you shower, give Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter a call as soon as possible! We are experts in all things plumbing and can clear your clog in no time. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 714.630.8766.