When it comes to keeping your plumbing system in tip-top shape, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Giving your plumbing attention on a regular basis can help you avoid having to deal with a clogged shower drain, among other types of plumbing blunders. On the other hand, dealing with drain clogs requires a great deal of time and effort and may even require emergency plumbing services to resolve properly.

Keep your pipes free from hair clogs with the following tips from our Gainesville plumbers. Contact Quality Plumbing of Gainesville, Inc. today to schedule plumbing repairs and for all of your residential plumbing needs.

Limit Hair Buildup

Excess hair left behind in the sink, bathtub, and shower drains are a common culprit of the dreaded plumbing clog and the need for bathtub and shower repairs. If left to collect in the drain, strands of hair can prevent water from properly passing through it, resulting in a blockage. We recommend limiting hair buildup by preventing loose hairs from entering the shower or bath in the first place by brushing your hair before taking a shower or bath. Some hairs will inevitably become loose in the shower, so keep an eye out for collected strands and throw them in the trash once you’re finished bathing. The same principle applies to pets; remove unattached hair and dirt from your pet before bathing them and remove any excess hairs afterward.

Use A Hair Catcher

One of the easiest ways to prevent shower clogs is by giving your plumbing a little protection via a hair catcher, which helps reduce the amount of gunk and hair that go down the drain. This device exists in a wide range of sizes and specific features to best meet your plumbing needs. A top drain screen is very simple to install: simply place it on the drain. These can be purchased at hardware and home goods stores as well as online retailers. Place one in each shower and tub and, for kitchen drains, we recommend installing a mesh strainer that properly fits the drain opening. Underneath drain screens require removing and replacing the drain cover for installation, but our plumbing professionals are happy to help install them for you!

Flush Drains Regularly

A hair catcher effectively blocks most debris from entering your plumbing system, but it won’t stop numerous residues from flowing through. Residue from shower products, shampoos, conditioners, and other toiletry items can easily build up and clog your drains. Weekly flushing, however, can help keep your shower drain from becoming clogged. Start by boiling a large pot of water and carefully pouring half of the contents down the drain. Then, wait 5 minutes and pour the remainder of the water down the drain. This simple plumbing tip can help loosen debris lurking in your drain pipes. For more stubborn debris and clogs, we offer professional drain cleaning. Contact us today to schedule services for your home’s plumbing system.

Choose Natural Solutions

There are a wide array of products available on the market for drains clogged with accumulated strands of hair. However, these products are typically very harmful to the environment and too harsh on your plumbing system. If you frequently attempt to unclog your drains with chemicals, only to find that the problem keeps happening, then the chemicals may be doing more harm than good. This might also indicate a more severe issue with the overall plumbing system. Your best bet is steering clear of harsh drain products instead of opting for natural clogged drain bathtub solutions, such as boiled water or baking powder and vinegar. If these methods fail, then it’s time to call our professional plumbers for assistance.

Call Our Gainesville Plumbers

The most effective and safest way to clear a clogged drain is with the help of professional plumbers. The experts at Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. offer comprehensive plumbing services, including sewer and drain cleaning, all of which are curated to your family’s needs. If your drain is clogged and you need help fast, our plumbers will arrive promptly, effectively determine the cause of the clog, and they can even offer tips for helping you prevent plumbing blockages in the future. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for emergency plumbing services. Whether it’s a clogged drain or an overflowing sink, we have the tools and experience to manage the issue both quickly and efficiently. Contact us today!