A slow-draining tub or bathroom sink is an inconvenience many homeowners face from time to time. They may find themselves standing in ankle deep water when bathing or constantly cleaning a dirty ring left around the tub or sink. You might be surprised to learn that the hair you shed naturally when shampooing or brushing is a major cause of slow-moving bathroom drains. Hair, especially long hair, can become entangled in the drain assembly where it will trap other debris and residue and slow down or stop up your drain completely. This post will outline some simple measures you can take to prevent hair from clogging your bathroom sink.
Protect your Drains
An easy and inexpensive solution to prevent hair from clogging your tub or bathroom sink is by using a hair catcher or screen. Sold at many hardware or drug stores, the simple device is designed to fit over most drain types and catch the hair before it enters the drain system where it can do harm. Installation and operation is easy as you simply lay the device over the drain and remove the collected hair between each use.
Avoid Brushing your Hair
While your hairbrush collects the bulk of the hair you shed naturally when brushing, you might be surprised at how much falls to the wayside. If you regularly brush your hair over the bathroom sink, as many people do, any hair not collected by the brush will fall into the sink and eventually get washed down the drain where it can cause trouble. You can avoid this problem by using a different mirror entirely or simply standing far away from the bathroom sink so the hair falls harmlessly to the floor.
Dispose of Debris Appropriately
Many folks treat their bathroom fixtures—tubs, toilets and sinks—as garbage disposals by assuming that if it will fit down the drain, it is okay to wash it down. Hair, cigarette butts, feminine products, pet litter and even Q-tips often find their way into the drain or sewage system. These products are a nuisance to sewage and septic tank systems and can cause extensive damage to your plumbing and home. Follow this simple rule—if is does not come out of you, don’t flush or wash it down the drain—to prevent these products from harming your home’s plumbing.
If you are experiencing sluggish or clogged drains, contact your plumbing contractor as soon as possible to avoid additional damage and home repairs.
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