What Causes Clogs in Your Bathtub and Shower Drain?

Dealing with a clogged drain is always a hassle. It not only stumps daily chores but can also lead to more serious plumbing issues when left unresolved. Since clogs are one of the more common plumbing issues that homeowners encounter, it helps to know what causes a shower or bathtub drain to be backed up. Specialized Pipe Technologies shares some of the more common causes of clogged drains:

Hair and Dead Skin

If you live with a large family and find yourself needing frequent drain cleaning in Las Vegas, NV, or in nearby cities such as Henderson, NV and Paradise, NV, the culprit is most likely to be too much hair and dead skin. You lose a little bit of hair and dead skin whenever you bathe, and that can build up in your drains over time. Almost all bathtub and shower drains will be clogged by hair and dead skin at some point, although a hair catcher can help prevent this from happening.

Soap Scum

A drain cleaning company might also be needed to clear out soap scum from your drains. Soap usually washes down your drain without much trouble, but it can harden when it cools. When it combines with hair, dead skin, and grease, it can create a particularly stubborn clog.

Hard Water

Unless you have a water softener in your home, you probably have hard water. While hard water usually affects plumbing fixtures more, it can cause calcium deposits to form on the inside of your pipes, narrowing and blocking them in a way that most drain cleaning services cannot clear. We recommend having a water softener installed to prevent this from happening.

In most cases, bathtub and shower drain clogs can be cleared out without much trouble. If the issue comes up repeatedly, your plumbing might be in need of our professional hydro jetting service. Contact Specialized Pipe Technologies today to learn more about our drain cleaning services.

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    For over 20 years SPT has provided sewer, water line and storm drain inspection, cleaning and non-invasive pipe lining solutions. We help property owners and managers clean and repair their existing pipes using “no-dig” non-invasive renewal techniques. SPT repairs leaks and cracks with our internal “pipe-within-a-pipe” lining process that uses existing access points and doesn’t require tearing out walls or landscaping. 

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