Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
The bathtub drain is one of the parts of your plumbing system that can be the most vulnerable to suffering a variety of problems and clogs. For homeowners that are regularly experiencing these problems, becoming more informed about this part of the house can be useful in mitigating bathtub drain clogs in the future.
Appreciate The Range Of Materials That Could Clog Your Bathtub Drain
There are many different materials that can contribute to the formation of clogs. For example, hair is one of the leading causes of this problem as it can enter the drain and eventually accumulate into a large ball. Conditioner and other thick hair care products can also contribute to clogs as they can leave residue behind that may be sticky. Using a drain strainer can help to minimize the materials that enter the drain, but the strainer must be regularly cleaned to keep it working in an effective manner.
Regularly Clean The Tub Drain
Flushing and cleaning the tub drain can be effective at both reducing the risk of clogs forming and also helping to neutralize any odors that may be forming. To clean and sanitize the drain, you should flush it several times with pots of almost boiling water. A deodorizing and sanitizing agent should also be poured down the drain. Avoid bleach or ammonia based products as they can be extremely corrosive to the plumbing.
Consider Investing In A Plunger For The Tub
When a clog forms, using a plunger to help free it can be an extremely effective way of addressing this problem. Not surprisingly, most people will not be comfortable with using the same plunger for both their tub and their toilet. Investing in a separate plunger will allow you to easily remove the clog while still keep the bathtub sanitary. To avoid cross-contamination, the plunger for the bathtub should be clearly labeled with a waterproof marker.
Know When To Contact A Professional Plumber To Address Bathtub Drain Problems
If you are finding that a clog is particularly difficult to remove, hiring a professional bathroom plumber may be necessary. Attempting to force the clog through the pipes or using harsh chemicals to break it up can make the problem worse. For example, you could force the item clogging the drain into a more difficult to reach location. Also, if harsh chemicals do not rapidly dissolve the clog, they can quickly begin to damage the pipes. The costs and inconveniences of hiring a plumber to repair a clogged bathtub can be extremely minor when compared to the problems that could arise from attempting to dislodge stubborn clogs yourself.