Rule No. 1 is to watch what goes down any drain, including hair, razor clippings, lotion, dental floss, and other cloggers. “Just like other homeowners, plumbers have to take measures to protect our drainage systems,” says Tim Daley, general manager at Wolfer’s Home Services in Portland, Oregon. “For me, I regularly clean my drains to ensure there are no major blockages that could require a massive repair. I also use a drain guard in the bottom of my shower to prevent hair from going into the plumbing system and causing a clog.” A screen is less than $10 and when it gets gross, can just be tapped clear into the trash.
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