As the old proverb goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this is certainly true with keeping bathroom drains running smoothly. Preventing clogs and slow draining sinks, tubs or showers means taking care about what goes down the drain and removing any small deposits regularly.
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Therefore, the first step is to make sure that all drains are covered with strainers to catch hair and other items before they can enter the pipes and cause problems. Next, be sure to run the hot water after each use to reduce buildup by flushing it through the pipes rather than letting it stick and clump up
On a weekly basis, pour boiling water down the bathroom drains to dissolve any accumulated organic matter. Regularly add a handful of baking soda or some vinegar for additional cleaning and odor removal and make sure to clean the stoppers. Remember to never empty chemicals like paint or thinners down any bathroom drain. DECOLAV has patented technology in their solid brass drains that allow for easy cleaning by unscrewing the dome cap and cleaning the pipe. Check out our YouTube video on how our drains come apart even after they are installed.
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However, if a drain does become clogged, beware of using commercially sold products that can damage pipes and can move the clog further down the drain system. Instead, simply try pouring boiling water down the drain. If needed, as a next step pour half a box of baking soda down with no water. Instead, add a ½ cup of vinegar and let it sit for a half hour before once again pouring boiling water into the bathroom drains.
Should the previous methods not prove successful, a cup-shaped plunger should help. First, make sure to remove all the strainers and stoppers and fill the sink half full of water. Place the plunger over the drain and make sure that it is sealed well before and use a series of rapid plunges.
If the clog remains stubborn, don't lose hope. There are still two more steps available that can help remove the problem. Place a wet/dry shop vacuum hose in the drain and then seal it with a wet cloth around it. Then, switch the vacuum on and off until the clog is cleared.
Finally, if all else fails, grab the outdoor garden hose and run it through a door or window to the drain opening. Dry the area surrounding the drain and seal around the hose with duct tape. Then turn the water on full force to push the clog free. This may be best done with another person inside to ensure the hose remains fully sealed.