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Take Care of Your Shower Drain to Avoid Plumbing Problems


How can I take proper care of my shower drain?

One of the most important things a Houston plumber can do for you is to make sure that your shower, specifically the drain of your shower, is working the way it should be. Generally speaking, your shower is where you go when you want to get clean. Although the shower can be a great place for innovative ideas, or to unwind and relieve the tensions of the day, the primary function of this part of your bathroom is to cleanse. It is the last place people would expect to be associated with dirt, germs, or anything grimey, other than in the sense of ridding yourself of those things! But without maintaining the proper care for your shower, and more specifically, paying attention to the drains that work to keep your shower functioning properly, you could end up with a serious problem. A backed up shower will not only disrupt your day-to-day, it can affect your relationships with people. The inability to maintain your hygiene could negatively affect your workplace reputation, your social life, and much more. Understanding what sorts of everyday activities or objects could pose a potential threat to the drain of your shower is the first step towards avoiding a major plumbing issue. While draining a shower isn’t generally a massive issue, buildup and neglect over time could cause you to potentially face more serious problems.

According to, there are four main reasons why you may be experiencing a clogged or backed-up drain. The first (and most common reason) is hair or dead skin being clogged in the drain. On average, a person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. Combine that with all of the washing, exfoliating, and shaving you may be doing while showering, and it’s not surprising that you may experience drain issues. Another common cause for clogged shower drains are a backup of soap scum. While this is a problem that only seemingly develops over time, it can cause damage if not handled properly. Other issues include fallen miscellaneous objects or trash (such as razor heads, bottle caps, etc) and hard water. You can avoid issues from trash by removing anything you don’t absolutely need before entering the shower. You can find out if you are located in an area that has hard water by performing this test to see how your water reacts.

Another great reason to bring in a Houston plumber is to deal with any shower leaks you may be experiencing. A leak may, at first, seem a menial problem not worthy of your attention. But over time, your shower leaking could lead to massive issues that may end up costing you time, money, or a complete shower remodel. Our plumbers work with you to find where the leak is originating from, and from there, work to fix it. Leaks can sometimes be caused by a shower drain, in which case your plumber will inspect your shower pan for signs that it is either broken, dislodged, or faulty. Regardless of what the cause behind the leak is, our Santhoff plumbers work with you to determine the best course of action for success. If you’re happy with your current shower, a simple fix is doable. Or, if you’re interested in investing in a new shower, we can work with you for a brand-new installation and setup.

Regardless of the cause behind your shower issues, the main reason to care for your shower drain is to ensure your comfort. Talking to your Houston residential plumber is the first step towards resuming your daily shower habits. If you find yourself in need of assistance with any of your drains, give your residential Houston plumber a call for assistance

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