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When you think of drain cleaning services, you likely think of either the sewer line or the kitchen drains. Not many people think about their bathtubs until the drains there get clogged and they need to get the drains cleaned. There’s nothing worse than turning on the water and watching it pool in your tub. Depending on how clogged the drains are, it can take days for the water to finally drain.
Your best course of action, at this point in time, is to call a drain cleaning service in New Orleans, LA. The drain cleaners will use a video camera to inspect the drains and figure out where the blockage is located and what the clog is made of. They’ll also be able to take a look at the drains and the plumbing to see whether there are any other issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. If your drains are clogged, it could be a sign that you need to repipe certain sections or that you need to do a more extensive cleaning.
With that said, here are 3 ways that you can protect your bathtub from getting clogged. If you implement these strategies, you should notice that your bathtub gets clogged much less frequently. You’ll be able to save a fortune on drain cleaning services and you won’t have to worry about water damage and other issues (if your drains get clogged regularly, they can burst from the water pressure).
#1. Install a Hair Strainer
One of the most common reasons why drains get clogged is hair. You’d be surprised by just how much hair falls down the drains on a regular basis. Your hair can easily ball up into a mess and will cling onto the sides of the plumbing. They’ll also get knotted and catch other particles that get washed down the drain. At the end of the day, you’ll be left with a large ball of mess.
The simplest solution is to install a hair strainer. You can usually purchase these contraptions online or at a local grocery store for several dollars. The hair strainer will catch the majority of the hair that goes down the drain. The little amount of hair that does make it past the strainer will usually be flushed away by the water. Make sure that you take the strainer out regularly and dump the hair that’s balled around it. We recommend cleaning the strainer once every several days depending on how much hair you lose and how many people use the bathtub in question.
#2. Use Soap Conservatively
Another thing that can cause your bathtub drains to clog is soap. If you are someone who loves taking long hot baths with a lot of soap, you might want to think again. Soap can easily cling onto the sides of the plumbing and become soap scum. Soap scum is notoriously difficult to remove, and you might even need to call a plumber to hydro jet it away.
Unfortunately, since the soap can travel down the plumbing, you never know which areas may be affected. In some of the worst-case scenarios, the soap may cling onto large sections of plumbing, which can be incredibly difficult to clean and remove.
The best thing that you can do is to use soap more conservatively. The truth of the matter is that most of us use a lot more soap than needed. You really only need a small dollop for your entire body. However, most people will squeeze out a handful of soap. By reducing the amount of soap that you use, you could potentially save your bathtub from a lot of clogging issues. You’ll notice a sharp drop in the number of times that you need to call us for drain cleaning services.
#3. Install a Water Softener
Last but not least, another reason why many homeowners have to call us for drain cleaning services is because of mineral buildup in their pipes. This usually happens in areas that have a lot of hard water. Calcium and magnesium can easily cling onto the plumbing and become a huge issue that requires the attention of professionals.
If you want to reduce the number of times that you need to call us for drain cleaning services, consider installing a water softener. The cost of the water softener will be significantly less than having to call us to professionally clean your drains.
The water softener is usually installed at the showerhead. It will remove minerals that are in the water so that the hard water becomes soft water. You’ll notice a huge difference in how the water feels on your skin. Hard water sometimes feels prickly and abrasive. On the other hand, soft water feels a lot gentler on the skin. You’ll also notice that your hair feels softer. If you have curly hair or long hair, it might even feel like your hair is easier to manage.
Give Us a Call for Drain Cleaning Services in New Orleans, LA
Even if you take perfect care of your bathtub and drains, you should still schedule drain cleaning services at least once a year or once every two years. Regular maintenance will extend the overall lifespan of your plumbing and will prevent other issues from emerging in the future. You’ll also reduce the likelihood of having to deal with clogs and blockages.
To schedule a drain cleaning service in New Orleans, LA, give bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of New Orleans a call at 504-229-4848. Our team has a lot of experience in cleaning all types of drains and can propose multiple solutions for you. More importantly, we know how to get the job done quickly and efficiently and stand behind our work. Our goal is to provide affordable, high-quality services. You can also call us for all other types of plumbing services as well.