There are two basic ways to deal with a clogged bathtub or shower drain. The first is the time-honored tradition of doing absolutely nothing about it – until, that is, the clog is so bad, water simply refuses to go down the drain, or goes so slowly you can’t even bear to watch.
We know people like that, and we bet you do, too. Then there’s the more practical – and far more effective way – to deal with a clogged drain. And that’s to employ a few simple and common-sense steps for preventing drain clogs in the first place. You’ll experience far less aggravation using this approach, too.
Hair Catching Tools – If you don’t already have a screen built into your tub or shower drain, you can purchase an insert that will over most existing drains to stop hear from getting inside the drain. This is much easier to make hair-free than the drain itself; it just takes a little bit of ongoing maintenance.
Clean the drain overnight – Here’s how. Pour 1 cup of chlorine bleach down the drain before going to bed at night. Follow that up the morning after by running small amount of warm water in your tub or shower – just enough until the smell of bleach dissipates.
More hot water, please. – As an alternative or enhancement to bleach, pour a spaghetti pot or at least a tea kettle full of boiling hot water down your shower or tub drain once a month – more frequently, if you like. This is one treatment you can’t overdo.
One, two, three, everybody flush! – Okay, this one might seem a little over the top, but it really does work. The only problem is, you’re going to need a bunch of grown up people to assist you. Let’s take it one step at a time:
- Close all tub, shower, plus all other bathroom and kitchen drains.
- Fill each such vessel (sink, tub, or shower stall) with warm water.
- Have one person stationed at each such vessel plus all your toilets.
- Then, all at the same time, have everyone open their drains and flush their toilets at the same time.
Trust us, it works.
Then again, what if you have a clogged drain in your home – sink, tub, or otherwise – and it’s too late for any these clog prevention techniques to do you any good? Well, your next best bet is to contact Burton for prompt and truly reliable service. We have an entire team of drain cleaning pros, and there’s an experienced team member waiting to help you now. Someone who can give you even more advice on how to prevent clogged drain problems down the road.