All drains carry away wastewater and debris and materials that may be floating in it, but bathrooms are the room in your house that are the most likely to suffer from a clog due to the sheer amount of everyday use and the variety of types of debris that they carry away. Drain clogs can be both expensive and disruptive to fix, and chronic clogging can take a major toll on your plumbing, making leaks and broken pipes much more likely. Fortunately, there are a few preventative steps that you can take to ensure that your bathroom clogs are kept to a bare minimum.
One of the easies things that you can do to ensure that your drains stay clear and flowing nicely is to clean out each drain every month or so. Avoid using commercial chemical cleaners, which can eat away at your pipes and make leaks and broken plumbing much m ore likely. Instead, a simple mixture of half baking soda and half vinegar should be more than enough to remove any stuck-on debris and cleanse your pipes: be sure to let the mixture sit for at least ten minutes before you rinse the drain out with warm water to fully clear it out.
Another extremely easy thing that you can do to reduce the number of clogs that your sink and shower experience is to install a strainer over the drain, which can be found at most hardware and grocery stores. These strainers will block hair and other physical debris from going down the drain, and can be easily cleaned out by hand every few days or so, depending on use.
Avoid Flushing Waste
The worst thing that you can do with most bathroom products is flush them down the drain. Sanitary napkins, floss, baby wipes, diapers, and anything else can quickly cause a clog that can be extremely hard to break apart in your plumbing. This also goes for other items, like hair from hairbrushes – simply use the trash instead to save yourself a huge headache down the road.
Finally, if the above maintenance tasks and habit changes aren't enough to stop a clog from developing, you should use a drain snake to remove the clog (instead of a plunger or an alternative method). Drain snakes allow you to go into the plumbing and physically break apart the clog, instead of simply creating a small opening that allows some water to pass through. This reduces the likelihood of a new clog developing in the near future.