Showering seems like a very simple concept: Turn the water on, wash up, turn the water off. However, in the time it takes you to shower, you can make some costly mistakes that will lead to a terribly clogged shower drain over time. If you want to save yourself the headache of having to have your drains cleared, make sure you’re not committing these plumbing mistakes.
1. Allowing Soap Scum to Take Over
Soap scum is inevitably going to appear in your shower over time — it happens to everybody! However, it’s not okay to do nothing about the buildup of scum, as it will attach itself to the walls of pipes and lead to other debris getting caught up. To prevent blockages via soap scum, pour a few buckets of extremely hot water down the drain along with some chlorine bleach.
2. Putting Up With Hard Water
Soap scum, limescale, and mineral deposits can build up in the shower if a home has hard water. Failing to do anything about this hard water can leave you with ugly, stained surfaces and troublesome deposits within plumbing pipes. The best way to combat hard water is to consider installing a water softener — your bathroom (and skin) will thank you!
3. Treating the Drain Like a Trash Bin
When something goes down the drain, it becomes out of sight and out of mind. Unfortunately, things that find their way into the drain will be out of sight until the plumber is forced to come to clear everything out. Be careful that no debris (razor coverings, bobby pins, hair ties) fall to the shower floor. Make sure you also install a mesh drain cover to catch any possible debris and hair.
You might think showering is as easy as things can come, but you can easily make mistakes that can wreck your plumbing. When you need blockages cleared from your plumbing, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.