How To Prevent Shower Drain Clogs

Although many people look forward to a hot shower, it can be quickly ruined when you end up with lukewarm water swirling around your ankles. Shower drain clogs can be especially frustrating because they can be difficult for a homeowner to address alone. The following guide can help you with the prevention of these clogs so they can be a plumbing problem of the past.

Upgrade the Hair Catcher

The hair catcher sits either in or over the shower drain. It is designed to catch hair, as well as any other objects that try to go down the drain. This is helpful because many shower clogs are caused by a combination of hair and soap scum all mixed together.

In showers with large drain openings, a mesh catcher that sits over the drain works well. For narrower drains, there are catchers designed to go into the drain. Just make sure that you remove the hair catcher and clean it regularly. Generally, once weekly cleaning is sufficient. 

Use Hot Water

If you aren't in the habit of taking hot showers or baths, you may have more drain issues than those that do. The reason is that cooler water doesn't wash the excess soap scum out of your drain pipes. Instead, the scum becomes entangled with the hair. It then hardens and blocks the drain.

Make sure to run some hot water down the drain after every use of the shower or tub. If you still have clogging issues, try boiling a kettle of water once a week and pouring it down the drain to rinse out any scum before it has a chance to build up into a clog.

Check Your Pipe Diameter

Older homes may have small diameter drain pipes that just aren't able to handle the increased water delivery of modern home water systems. Narrow pipes also become clogged much more quickly due to their smaller size.

If this is the issue in your house, it may be worthwhile to have a plumber upgrade the shower drain pipes to ones that meet modern diameter standards. Wider drain pipes may not solve the clogging issue, but they should make the problem less frequent and less severe.

If you are still having problems with shower clogs, don't hesitate to call a plumber in your area. They can help you determine the cause and develop a plan to prevent clogs from continuing to occur in the future.