Are Bad Bathroom Habits Destroying Your Plumbing System?

Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with clogged bathroom drains. It is time-consuming having to stand at the bathroom sink while you wait for the water to drain while you are getting ready for work. Dealing with a slow flushing toilet or water that pools at the bottom of your feet while you take a shower is equally as irritating. Fortunately, there are ways to fix your plumbing system, and that includes changing up your bad bathroom habits.

Go Au Naturale

When standing you’re in the bathroom getting ready to head out, do you douse your hair with various products? All that gel, mousse and hairspray may make your hair look beautiful, but it is doing something entirely different to your plumbing system. One of the most common causes of a clogged drain is grease and oil. Oil hardens within the pipes, which restricts your water flow and drain.

Rather than destroying your plubming with oily hair products, change up your habits and choose to go au naturale. Wake up about a half hour earlier than normal, wash your hair and let it dry naturally. If you prefer the look of curly hair, reach for a bottle of sea salt spray rather than the mousse, gel or hairspray. Place a tablespoon of sea salt in a spray bottle full of water for beautiful, beachy looking curls.

If you prefer to use hair products, check the labels on the bottles carefully. Avoid using products that contain grease, oils or hair butters. Oily products can damage your plumbing system over time. Each time you wash the products out of your hair, you are washing that oil down the drain, which may eventually lead to clogged drains and pipes.

Wait to Brush

Do you often brush your hair while you are in the shower? Perhaps you prefer to brush the conditioner through your hair to smooth out knots and tangles. Unfortunately, brushing loosens the hair, causing it to fall from your scalp and onto the floor of your shower. That loose hair washes down your shower drain, which can cause a massive clog, leading to stopped up drains.

As hair and gunk continue to accumulate within your drain, you may notice that the water drains slowly or not at all. Rather than brushing your hair in the shower, wait until you step out of the shower. If your hair is hard to manage, consider placing a screen in your shower drain to trap hair, gunk and other debris. A screen prevents gunk from washing down your drain, which in turn decreases clogging issues.

Think Before You Flush

Does your plumbing run off a septic system? If so, bad bathroom habits are a big no-no. In fact, bad bathroom habits may have you spending an arm and a leg to fix or clean your septic system. Toilet use is a fact of life. In fact, the average person urinates anywhere from 4-7 times a day. As the owner of a septic system, you have to be aware of everything you flush down the toilet, aside from bodily waste.

Your septic system is perfectly capable of handling bodily waste. Toilet paper is usually fine, too, though it may be hard for the septic system to break down the toilet paper. Using too much toilet paper may clog the system. A clogged system will back up the plumbing in your home, causing your water to drain slowly.

For best results, purchase septic-friendly toilet paper that is easily biodegradable. Septic-friendly toilet paper is easier for your septic system to digest and will not run the risk of destroying your plumbing. Make sure you also avoid flushing chemicals down the toilet. Chemical products and cleaners may destroy the bacteria that resides within your septic system. Septic systems need the bacteria to break down bodily waste to keep your plumbing operating efficiently.

If for any reason you experience a problem with your plumbing, contact a professional plumber near you for assistance. Plumbers can diagnose your plumbing problems and get you back on track with clog-free drains and a normal bathroom routine.