If you’re like most people, you probably take your shower drains for granted. You turn them on and off without a second thought and never give them a second glance. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself what’s happening down there? How do shower drains work, and what can you do to keep them functioning properly? This blog post will answer all of your questions about shower drains!
What are shower drains?
They’re essentially a pipe that carries water away from your shower. The drain is connected to the wall at one end and has an opening in the middle (the “mouth”) where it connects with other plumbing like toilets or sinks. A long shower drain can be up to 72 inches long, while a standard drain is 24 inches.
How do they work?
There are two main types of drains: gravity-fed and pump-fed. Gravity-fed drains rely on gravity alone; they use no mechanical parts or moving pieces whatsoever! On the other hand, pump-fed showers require some type of mechanism (like a motor) to push water through them when needed – usually triggered by pressure sensors inside the fixture that detects how much liquid has accumulated around its mouth before releasing more into your pipes for drainage purposes.
What are the benefits of using shower drains in your bathroom?
1. Shower drains are easy to install and maintain.
They’re usually made out of cheap PVC pipe, which is inexpensive, lightweight, durable – all perfect qualities for a home improvement project! They also require little upkeep as long as you clean them
regularly (once every few weeks should suffice). Just make sure that when cleaning your shower drain with any type of liquid soap or detergent (including dishwashing liquid), it doesn’t get on the metal parts like bolts because these can rust over time if left unprotected by oil-based lubricants.
2. They’re good for the environment.
Since some shower drains rely on gravity to move water and don’t use any type of motor or pump, they’re extremely energy-efficient! This means that they won’t add unnecessary strain to your home’s electrical system – or worse, increase your monthly utility bill.
3. They help keep your bathroom clean.
One of the biggest benefits of using a shower drain is that it helps keep your bathroom floor dry and free from water stains and build-up. In addition, by removing excess water quickly and efficiently, you’re less likely to have to deal with pesky problems like mold or mildew in the future!
How can one prevent clogs in their shower drains?
The best way to prevent clogs in your shower drains is by regularly cleaning them out with a plunger. You should also avoid putting objects like hairpins, jewelry, or food down the drain – especially if your sink or toilet is nearby because these can easily get sucked up into the drainage pipe. However, if you do experience a clog, there are a few things you can do:
– Pour some liquid soap into the clogged drain (while standing far away from it) and let sit for about 20 minutes before running warm water down your sink or toilet again. The soap should help break up any debris that might have built up over time; then, all you have to worry about is getting rid of what’s left on top!
– If this doesn’t work, try using a drill (also known as a snake). This tool will allow you to reach further down inside of those pipes than anything else could ever hope to accomplish by itself. You may need someone strong enough to hold back whatever blockage has accumulated while they’re doing so, though, because there is always potential danger involved when dealing with clogs!