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Showers 101: Drains, Heads and Maintenance

There’s more to keeping a shower running than a weekly cleaning. In order to ensure proper functionality and prevent clogs and leaks, you’ll want to carve out some time to maintain your shower’s components throughout its lifespan.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse, a trusted name in plumbing for years, is here to help identify and discuss some common, simple steps you can take to maintain your shower to keep it flowing well for a long time to come.

Shower Drain Maintenance

One of the biggest and most visible issues with a shower drain is a clog due to loose hair. Sometimes it’s the result of shaving while showering. Other times, it’s from our heads shedding excess hair. One way you can prevent hair from clogging up your shower is to buy a drain catch. These are usually simple metal or plastic meshes that collect hair before it exits your shower basin, requiring occasional cleaning. They’ll save your plumbing system from backing up and prevent costly repair bills.

Every now and then you’ll want to check the catch to make sure other objects haven’t made their way down the pipe. One way you can accomplish this is by checking and cleaning your overflow plate if your shower has a tub surround. Unscrew the cover plate and pull out the stopper behind it. Then grab a wire coat hanger, unfurl it, and use the wire to poke around to grab any obstructions.

Shower Head Maintenance

You’ll want to make sure you occasionally check in on your shower head to make sure it’s distributing water properly. One popular method for cleaning showerheads is to use vinegar to clean out particles that are clogging it. You may do this by filling a plastic bag with vinegar, wrapping the bag around the head, and securing it with a rubber band. Leave the bag on to do its work for a few hours, then remove it and turn your shower on to rinse it out.

Other Helpful Shower Maintenance Tips

Mildew and mold are nasty byproducts of regular shower usage. To prevent their growth, make sure to squeegee your shower surround after you use it, and try to clean out any visible fungi on a regular basis. Don’t let these creatures fester. If left untreated, mold can cause health issues.

Need Professional Help for Your Greater Syracuse Shower? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If you encounter a more serious issue while cleaning and maintaining your shower, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is here to help. We’re professional, licensed plumbers with years of experience and expertise in repairing residential plumbing systems. Give is a call at 315-472-1203 to learn more about the services we provide.

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