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Helpful Hints To Prevent Tub/Shower Stoppages

Although we love and appreciate your business, we like you to save money (in our humble opinion, that will keep you coming back). Here we have created a small section of tips on how to avoid some bathtub clogs and shower stoppages.

1. Hair strainers

Use Shower and Bathtub strainers. You can find these in any hardware store. The simple use of these devices can save you hundreds of dollars avoiding back ups and stoppages. Just place them on top of the shower or bathtub drain and regularly remove the hair caught in them and throw it into the toilet.

2. Bent wire

Some bathtubs and showers have built in stoppers that are mostly activated by pressing down with your foot or by using a lever somewhere around the top of the shower or tub. Get a piece of bent wire and carefully “dig in” and pull the hair stuck in there. Make sure you don’t get the wire caught in them by driving it too deep.

3. Waste & Overflow

Some bathtubs have a plate towards the top of the rim called an overflow plate. Remove the overflow plate on the tub by removing the 2 screws that hold it in place, pull up the wire and raise the pop-up assembly to reach the spring or rocker arm. Remove accumulated hair and rinse well. Keep in mind, this procedure is risky for any untrained person.

4. Say no to chemicals

Use chemical cleaners sparingly, if at all, especially if you have metal drainpipes in your shower or bathtub. Some chemical cleaners can cause metal pipes to corrode. We do not ever recommend using ANY chemical cleaners.

5. Vinegar

For good drain pipe maintenance you can periodically fill a bucket with hot water mixed with vinegar (1qt. per every 5 gallons) and pore it down the tub or shower drain. Doing this once of month will decrease the soap accumulation inside the drain lines and decrease the chances of having a tub or shower clog or back up.

6. Choose wisely

Choose your soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with care. Remember the greasier they are the more they will catch hair. Has we explained before the combination of the 2 is what causes 99% of shower and bathtub back ups, clogs, and stoppages.

If you need tub/shower drain back-up services at your home or business, contact Allstar Plumbing. We will give you a free, onsite estimate, and if you like, we can usually get started on the work right away!  We are honored to be considered as your plumbing contractor of choice. Our goals is to have every customer be a happy, satisfied, Allstar Plumbing customer for life.

Bath Tub Clogged? Shower Backed Up? Let Allstar Plumbing Help!

Fast response, affordable pricing, and experience is what you can expect when you call us. With our quick 24-hour service, free estimates and no nonsense warranty you will be in good hands when it comes to taking care of your Bathtub clog, shower back up or any other stubborn stoppage.

Bathroom drains like showers and bathtubs are frequently clogged with a mixture of hair and soap scum. The hair itself doesn’t cause a great deal of a problem—when soap isn’t a concern, hair just slides down the drain. But the products we all use in the bathroom sink, shower and tub are loaded with oils, waxes, and other materials that cake-up inside the drain. Hair gets caught in that tacky gunk, and soon enough, the drain is clogged. Your time is valuable and we know that.  Call us today, and we will have you ready to take a Shower or that relaxing bath in no time.


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