While all drains have the potential to backup, your shower is perhaps the most vulnerable due to the hair that naturally washes of us when we shower. Shower backups, which are caused by clogged drains, will leave you in a puddle of water while showering. For that reason, you must determine the cause of the backup in the shower’s drain since you can’t afford to use the shower until the drain starts operating properly. While no one likes a shower backup, learning the most causes of shower drain backup, including clogs that need a plumber’s expertise can help minimize the chances of this happening in your house or property.
Common Reasons of Shower Backups
* Your toilet
The toilet is designed to prevent backups into the toilet itself. So if water from your toilet is unable to properly exit through the sewage and drainage system, the water that has been flushed finds its way to the open shower drain thereby causing a back up.
* Hair, grease and soap
The presence of hair, soaps and grease in the shower drain can lead to its clogging to the point that little or no water may pass through the drain. This leads to a backing up of the drain water into your shower.
* Structural damage
Structural damage to pipes including sagging pipes, pipe collapses, misaligned pipes, and so on can cause clogs that prevent waste water from flowing freely leading to shower backups. Therefore, examining the shower drains more often and replacing the old drain pipes with improved drain pipes can help prevent shower backups.
* Flooding during excessive rains
When the water to be drained is more than the capacity of the drain, then there can be a shower back up. This is rare and only happens when there is a flash flood.
* Sewer system or septic tank problems
Since the shower’s drain sits closer to the floor than other drains, a backup may take place if your septic tank is full or if there is a problem with the sewer system in your area.
Maintenance Tips to Prevent Shower Backups
* Use plumbing drain screens
This helps prevent hair and soaps from entering the shower drain. The screens catch and hold hair; soaps and other potential drain cloggers making it easy for you to remove them before they cause backups.
* Sprinkle into your shower drains about 60ml of baking soda every month to keep the pipes flowing smoothly. This should be accompanied by warm water to get the powder well into the drain
* Brush your hair before taking a bath to help remove the majority of loose hair. Although some hair will still manage to go down the drain, it will be little.
* Make a habit of cleaning all your drains regularly.
Getting rid of a back up can be quite a tiresome job. This is because some do-it-yourself procedures may not always work especially if the shower back up is severe. On the other hand, you may end up causing damage to your pipes if you are not experienced with using a drain snake. Therefore, it is advised that when you experience a shower backup, the best thing is to call a licensed plumber so he can use his or her professional equipment to clean up the mess.