Many a clogged bathtub drain has been prevented. But before we get into clogging prevention, let’s first understand the Plumbing behind the bathtub. In between the bathtub and the drain pipe, there’s usually (although not necessarily) a trap to prevent sewage gases from entering your home. The bathtub drainpipe is attached to a faucet that allows you to bathe your whole body. Your feet are outside of the tutubnd as long as the faucet is open, the bathwater can safely flow through the trap and out to the drain.
However, not all blogs are created equal. There are two common types: soap scum and debris. Soap scum is caused by oils and other contaminants splashed on the bathroom floor. Clogged plumbing traps larger pieces of debris such as soap scum, and these become much more difficult to remove.
So how do you know if you have clogged in your bathroom? Here are a few clues: If you see pieces of soap scum or other debris on your shower drain, the log may be in your showerhead plumbing. Check your shower faucet for leaks, and then follow the pipes inside the showerhead to their outlet – they will probably lead to a drainage pipe. Alternatively, you might also notice pieces of debris on your toilet or sink plumbing.
Clogs in these areas usually happen because the water isn’t draining properly, using chemicals or because there’s a physical problem with your drainage pipes. Common causes include using too much detergent, poor drainage due to rust and corrosion, and/or inadequate floor or countertop drain opening. These problems can often be easily cleared up by using chemicals, changing your shower or toilet bowl, or by hiring a plumber.
If you have drains and plumbing pipes that are slowly filling with debris, it’s very possible that your household plumbing has leaked. Usually, people make the mistake of trying to force drainage problems using too much force or too much water. The resulting mess can be very serious, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. If the blocks are larger than a tea cup, you could easily break something very delicate. Therefore, use extreme caution when attempting to correct a plumbing leak using boiling water, chemicals, or other high-pressure tools.
Some common causes of clogs in bathrooms are faulty shower heads, slow-draining toilets, and poorly maintained bathroom cabinets and drawers. A clog in a shower drain line is easy to clear up using chemical-free solutions that make cleaning easier. Likewise, if your bathtub is clogged with soap scum, try using some baking soda mixed with warm water to dissolve the mess. This will break up the soap scum and help move it along the drain line.
If you’re dealing with a clog in your washing machine, you can try using vinegar and water. The first thing you’ll need is a large bowl to soak your clothes in. Add a half a cup of white vinegar to two cups of hot water and mix thoroughly. Then, load your washing machine with a load of clothes and wait for the solution to soak the items. Afterward, scrub laundry using a scrub brush to loosen soap scum and rinse completely.
Clogs in plumbing pipes are usually caused by a build-up of mineral deposits and soap scum. If this is the case in your shower, you may find that you have to replace the showerhead. If your shower doesn’t turn the water on automatically or the shower drains more water than it should, it’s time to call a professional to inspect the plumbing. In most cases, the problem will be fixed, and you can put your mind at ease, knowing that your plumbing system is working properly again.