How to Prevent Clogged Drains in a Bathroom

A slow-running sink or shower drain is more than a minor annoyance. It can quickly turn into a clog that results in water running all over your bathroom floor.

The drain of a porcelain bathroom sink in grayscale.

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A clogged bathroom sink drain

Apollo Home’s drain clearing and cleaning in Cincinnati can get rid of most of the issues that occur locally, but there’s a lot you can do to prevent these problem.

Keep Out Debris

The most effective strategy for keeping your drains clean is not to allow debris to get into them in the first place. Never dispose of trash down the drain, even if it seems to wash down easily. This includes greasy substances such as lotions, as well as hygiene products such as cotton balls.

To keep out hair, place a drain strainer in your shower, tub, and bathroom sink drains. Drain strainers are small colander-like screens that sit on top of the drain. You’ll need to clean them periodically, but that’s a lot easier than dealing with hair clogs inside your pipes.

Clean the Drains Regularly

Even if you take cool showers, run the hot water for a minute afterward to wash away buildup from the drain. For a more thorough cleaning, periodically toss a handful of baking soda into each of your bathroom drains, then run the hot water for a minute.

If your drains are prone to clogs, once a month, pour a gallon of near-boiling water into the drains. This loosens up sludge so it’s easier to wash away. After pouring in hot water, run the warm water for around five minutes to fully clear out the sludge.

To clear a slightly clogged drain, pouring in a cup of vinegar and let it sit for half an hour, then run the hot water.

For clogs that prevent any water from draining or drains that frequently clog, contact a plumber. A professional can help you clear the drain without causing damage and can advise you on what to do so the clogs don’t keep happening.

If you could use a little pro help with drain clearing and cleaning in Cincinnati, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today.