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Clogged Drains In The Shower


Have you ever taken a shower with drains that are slow to flow and ended up standing in water up to your ankles? Have you ever tried to clear out the drain yourself and found a little wedge of bar soap and hair all matted up together? These are the two most common things you’ll find, if you’re a plumber, in people’s shower drains.

Unless you just built your home, someone else has likely lived in it. When you move in, you unfortunately will inherit some problems, and among them it’s common for drain clogs to form and take months to get so clogged the water won’t flow down at all.

Until then, the wastewater flows more slowly in your shower and you end up having to put up with standing in dirty water until your shower is finished. That murky dirty water is not pleasant, especially when you know you’re trying to get clean, not dirty!

Most of the time, the culprit in the shower is the hair that falls out when washing it. The longer the hair is, the more chances there are that it’s going to wind up matted in the drain.

You might think that because hair is light that it will easily flow down, but actually that lightness makes it float more and long hair will bend around and twist around, making it easy for it to latch onto other objects.

Little do people know too that hair strands are scaled on the outer layer and will catch onto objects. You can’t see the scales unless you look under a microscope, but the outer layer (or Cuticle) is laid out like fish scales.

If you take a hair strand and run it between your finger and thumb, from root to tip, it will feel smooth. But run it through your fingers the opposite way and you can just feel the scales catching onto your skin.

That’s how hair catches or latches itself onto objects like tiny pieces of soap you might let fall into the drain. In fact, those are the two most common things found in a shower drain, hair and pieces of bar soap.

Since you can’t avoid having your hair fall out while you wash your hair, you need to avoid putting anything else down that shower drain. Also, when you shower and your hair falls out, your shower drain should have a method in place of catching hair.

It should have a strainer in place to catch the hair. Just be sure to put any hair in the trash that catches in the strainer after you shower. This just takes a moment and helps you to avoid Tacoma clogged drains.

Avoidance is always the best way to go when it comes to dealing with drain clogs. It’s funny because a lot of circumstances in life will get worse if you try to avoid them, but in this case it’s exactly what you’ll want to do.

For those cases where you can’t avoid getting a shower drain clog because it’s already been going on for too long, just give us a call here at Rooter-Man and we’ll thoroughly clean and if you like sanitize your drains for you. There are plenty of methods we can take that will clean out all the drains in your home. Why not start fresh and avoid problems from previous occupants?

If you need help with your Tacoma Clogged Drains, please call 877-694-5176 or complete the online request form.


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