Clogged drains are a common problem but rarely do they happen overnight. For
weeks materials can build up causing the water to drain slower and slower.
Clearing a clog can be a dirty job, so it's best to make sure it doesn't happen
in the first place. There are several measures you can take to prevent this
If you already have not done so, you should place a strainer over the drain.
This will catch most materials before they can get sucked down and possibly caught.
They are much easier to clean and remove than dealing with a clog.
You should never pour anything into your drains that may harden. Avoid
things such as glue, wax, or paints. You should also avoid using chemical drain
cleaners whenever possible. It's better to clear a clog mechanically than to
use harsh chemicals that may corrode metal pipes. If you feel the need to use a
drain cleaner there are more natural versions available now that can clear the
clog without causing unnecessary damage. Running a few gallons of boiling water
down the drain once a month can help clear any grease or hair. As an
alternative, you can add a bit of baking soda to the boiling water.
If you have pop-up stoppers, you should remove them and rinse them off every
few weeks to keep them clear of any materials that may slow down draining
water. Hair is a common culprit when it comes to tub and shower clogs. Every
few months it's also a good idea to remove your overflow plate, pull up the
pop-up assembly to reach the spring/rocker arm, and clear any accumulated