A clogged shower drain can be a huge nuisance, but fortunately, this problem can be prevented if harmful things are not flushed down the drain. Some of the most common causes of clogged drains may surprise you. To help you avoid a clogged drain in the future, we've compiled a list of the four most prevalent factors.
1. Soap Deposition
As soap scum accumulates on the surface of a shower or bathtub, it can also develop on the interior of your bathroom pipes as the lather drains. As soap scum accumulates on the inside of your pipes over time, additional material flushed down the shower drain might adhere to this accumulation and cause it to clog.
Furthermore, soap bars naturally diminish in size as they are used, and the remaining vestiges of a bar of soap can easily make their way into your shower drain and become trapped in your shower drain trap by mistake. They can cause a blockage there, especially if other material washed down the shower drain adheres to them.
If you shower with bar soap, you may notice a significant reduction in shower blockages when switching to a liquid body wash.
2. Hard Water
Hard water can be more of a problem in some areas than in others. If you live in an area with limestone, granite, or other rock that is rich in minerals, you might experience regular problems with clogging and hard water buildup.
Hard water can contribute to the buildup of soap scum and soap residue in your pipes and can leave behind a thick layer of mineral buildup that adheres to other bathroom items and can act as a perfect "cement" for other clogging substances.
3. Hair and Dead Skin Cells
Hair, dead skin cells, and dirt from the bottom of your feet are common culprits for clogs in the shower drain.
If hair is allowed to build up in the shower drain trap, it can start to attract other debris and will eventually create a clog.
Dead skin cells that we shed naturally also make their way down the drain and will get stuck in the trap of your shower drain if they are not cleaned out regularly. A hair catcher is a useful tool that ensures your hair never goes into your plumbing drains.
4. Trash Debris
This is another bathroom item that many people tend to forget about when it comes to clogged drains.
If you allow trash debris, such as leftover food debris, dirty paper towels, or cotton swabs, to build up on the floor around your toilet, then you are bound to find a clog in your shower drain when it starts to overflow.
Clogged drains are annoying and can lead to bigger plumbing issues, such as a broken shower drain or a clogged and leaky pipe.
To prevent clogged drains, avoid these pitfalls and make sure to take the time to clean out your shower drains and traps regularly. If you can prevent a clog before it starts, then you can avoid a lot of disappointments and headaches in the future.
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