From time at home last year and again this year, to summer vacation, we are just now remembering both the joy and the burden of routines. Things like setting alarms, actually getting dressed, packing meals, and extracurricular activities are back. Don’t let plumbing problems get in the way of your family’s return to a sense of “normalcy”.
Morning Bathroom Routines
Between getting ready for school and work, our bathrooms are back to high occupancy mornings. Here are some tips on keeping your toilets, showers, and sinks clean and flowing:
The porcelain throne is a hot seat in the house. The main issue we see as plumbers regarding the toilet is clogs. In most cases clogs can be avoided if the residents of a home avoid putting anything other than toilet paper and human waste down the toilet drain. We know there are a lot of cleansing wipes that claim to be “flushable”, but these wipes accumulate in sewage lines and cause major back ups.
If you are looking to amp up your personal hygiene and don’t want to deal with proper wipe disposal, consider installing a bidet attachment to your toilet! This is a great way to give your behind the clean it deserves, without putting any additional strain on your home’s plumbing!
Hair is the main offender in shower plumbing problems. Our drains can take a lot, but all that shedding, soap, and scum accumulates and eventually leads to major clogs. If you notice water draining slowly or pooling at your feet during a shower, this is a telltale sign that you have a clogged drain.
The best way to avoid shower back ups is with a drain cover that catches hair and large clumps of soap. Products like tub shrooms are easy to install and an affordable way to decrease the likelihood of clogged shower drains.
If hot water is a point of contention in your household, it may be time to consider installing a new water heater. If your family runs out of hot water, your tank may not be large enough to accommodate the number of residents in your household.
Having a larger tank installed or transitioning to a tankless water heater are two ways to stop the hot water battles in your home.
Our last stop on the bathroom plumbing tour is the sink. Similar to the shower, accumulation of hair and products can lead to back ups in your system. Some tips we recommend include:
Avoid brushing and styling your hair directly over the sink. Whether you are doing a quick comb through or giving yourself a dreamy blowout, chances are hair will be falling off of your head or brush. Do your best to prevent this hair from falling directly into the sink to be washed down the drain.
Think of the size of a pencil eraser when squeezing out your toothpaste. We often use way too much toothpaste and end up with globs of wasted paste going down the sink.
Allow warm water to run for 2-3 minute each week. Give your drains a chance to break up and unclog themselves by allowing warm water to drain. Doing this weekly will help avoid long term accumulation of soap, hair and debris.
You are showered, dressed and ready for the day, but before you head out you make yourself some breakfast, but be careful what you do with those coffee grounds, bacon grease, and egg shells!
Our kitchen sinks are warriors that take on all kinds of food and soap. However, there are some things you will want to avoid discarding in the sink if you want to keep your drain and garbage disposal at it’s best.
Things to avoid putting down your kitchen drain include: