Your bathroom sink and bathtub both experience a lot of use -- likely daily. Clogs happen on a daily basis, often due to hair clogs. While there may be a few other reasons why drains become clogged or have problems over time, it is important to take into account that a little bit of maintenance can go a long way.
1. Snake the Bath Tub for Hair
Take the time once each month to remove hair from sink and tub drains. You can do this with a drain snake or a drain weasel, which snags onto the hair and pulls it up. Don't have any of these items around? Try simply bending a wire hanger so that you can pull up any gunk that has been stuck in the drain over the course of the month.
At this time, it may also be beneficial to invest in a special drain stopper that collects hair. These are usually plastic pieces that fit over the drain hole and do not allow large items to fall into the hole of the drain, effectively preventing clogs.
2. Clean Sink Stoppers
If your sink has a stopper that pops up, remove it monthly to remove debris. Rinse and scrub the stem of the stopper with a small brush to remove any gunk or hair. These stoppers can become pretty disgusting before they start to clog your drain, so it is important that you maintain the stoppers on a monthly basis before the issue becomes serious and you start to experience back up in your sink. Remember that everything can get stuck in the sink, from microbeads in face wash to facial hair from shaving.
3. Use Boiling Water to Clear the Drain
In several stages, pour boiling water down the drain, pausing for a few seconds between each pour. Ensure that you pour the water directly into the drain, not simply into the sink. This can unclog some of those mysterious clogs lurking in the drain.
4. Be on the Lookout for Potential Problems
If you have taken steps to clear the drain but still see problems each month, be aware that you may have a plumbing issue on your hands.
Maintenance is an important component of taking care of your plumbing. Not sure why you still have a problem with your drains? A plumbing professional can help to resolve the issue immediately. Get in touch with a professional to learn more about possible solutions.