If you understand how a clog develops, you can take preventative steps, which can lower the number of clogs that occur in your bathroom.
Tub And Shower Clogs
Hair causes major clogs in the shower and tub because clumps of hair drop down the drain every time you cleanse your hair. The hair snags in the plumbing system’s components and rough spots. Shampoo also clogs a drain because soap scum builds up on the walls, and it travels down the drain after each cleaning.
How To Repair A Tub Or Shower Clog
Remove the drain so that you can clean the surface under the it. There is usually hair and other debris underneath if the drain is held in place with a screw.
Next, remove the pre-installed tub stopper by popping it up and unscrewing it. Use a bent hanger to clean hair from under the stopper.
A bent wire hanger can remove deep inset clogs. You must straighten the hanger out, but you should make a hook on the end. Use the hooked end to fish out hair and particles from the drain. Use a pulling motion because pushing will move the clog further down the drain.
If your drain is not totally clogged, you can remove any hair or debris with hot water. Do not use boiling water because it could liquefy or melt the sealants or gaskets. Instead, heat the water in a pot without boiling it. Then, carefully pour the water down the drain. Using a kettle is recommended because it makes pouring easier. The water should sit in the drain for 10 to 15 minutes. Complete the process by using your plunger.
Mix 1/3 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of baking soda in a big measuring cup or a bowl. Once combined, pour the contents down the drain quickly before the fizzing stops. Then, pour hot water from the tap down the drain.
Place a wet towel in the holes that drain the overflowing water. The stuffed towel will create a vacuum effect, which makes a plunger more effective.
Fill the tub with enough hot water to cover the clog. Next, pull the plunger several times to clear the clog. The water that moves under the drain will help you clear the drain faster.
Purchase a shop vacuum and remove the filters and bag.
Set up the vacuum so that it will clean up liquids.
Cover the vents with tape to prevent a huge mess.
The hose should be on the drain before the shop vacuum is turned on. When the hose is secured, someone else should switch the vacuum to the on position. The machine will pull debris from the water trap into the vacuum.
If the previous procedures are unsuccessful, contact a plumber. Do not use chemical products because they will corrode your pipes.
How To Prevent Toilet Clogs
Most toilet clogs are caused by excessive toilet paper use. In addition, foreign objects can also clog a toilet, so kids should never enter the bathroom with small toys.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Boulder plumbing repair.