Bathroom Essential Tips: Unclog that Drain
We have talked a lot in past blog articles about the nice and appealing side of keeping your bathroom looking and feeling great: with some green plants, new towels, and shiny new bathroom faucets from Anaheim’s Wholesale Sinks.
But, as with everything in life, it’s not all shiny and fresh. And cleaning the toilet isn’t the only essential but potentially unpleasant job that needs to be done in your bathroom…
Yes, we are talking about unblocking the bathroom drain. Yuck. But necessary!
Your bathroom will have up to four drains that need to be kept clean and clear:
• The vanity basin
• The shower recess
• The bathtub
• Floor drain
The shower and bathtub in particular can become clogged with soap residue and hair over time. This creates an appallingly disgusting mess but it’s one that needs to be eliminated: out of sight does not equate to out of mind, ultimately.
To unclog your bathtub, shower, and vanity drains:
• Remove the drain strainer or the stopper (wear rubber gloves!).
• Remove the excessive material that has accumulated on the strainer or stopper. Clean away soap scum and hair.
• Use a drain claw to pull out any clogs and dispose of them in the bin.
• Alternatively, use a chemical drain cleaner. Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from chemicals. Ensure the product is suitable for your drain and specific to bathroom use. Follow the instructions on the bottle and make sure the bathroom fan is on and the window is open. Never breathe in the fumes and restrict access by pets or children while you wait the prescribed time for the chemical to work.
• Flush the drain with cold water.
• Baking soda can be a chemical-free option. Boil a kettle or pot full of water. Pour boiling water directly into the drain, followed by ¼ cup baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar. Allow this to sit for twenty minutes. Boil another kettle or pot of water and pour it directly down the drain.
• If all else fails, call a plumber!
Come back next time as we’ll discuss the floor drain in your bathroom – what it’s for, and how to keep it working properly…