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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Preventing Hair Clogs In Your Drains And Pipes: Three Approaches That Work

by Mike Brewer

There are only so many things that are more gross than pulling a wad of decaying hair from your sink traps or tub drains. If you find that you are in need of professional drain cleaning services more often than you would like, then try one of the following three approaches to prevent these nasty hair clogs.

Drain Catchers

For less than the price of a fancy coffee, you can buy a drain catcher from your local hardware store or big box retailer. These rubber or plastic drain catchers have a wide flat base topped with a vented and flattened dome, which allows all the water in your shower/tub and sinks to go down, but prevents hair and larger dirt particles to pass through. Place them over the tops of your drain plugs to prevent clogs. To clean them, shake them loose into a garbage can or wipe them clean with bathroom cleaner and paper towels.

Wearing a Shower Cap or Hair Net

If you do not intend to wash your hair when you shower, you can use a shower cap to prevent loose hair from going into the drain. If you do wash your hair, you can actually use a hair net to keep loose hair from falling while you shampoo your hair and rinse your head. The hair net allows the shampoo through because it is a liquid, but keeps all your hair in place until after you get out of the shower. When you comb through wet hair and have a lot of loose hair come out on your brush or comb, be sure to put this in the garbage, too, so you can avoid any hair clogs in your bathroom sink.

Weekly Cleanings for Your Drains and Plumbing Traps

If some hair actually gets into your drains, you will want to get it out as soon as possible. If you clean your drains, pull the drain stops up and wipe the loose hair from the stops. Put the cleaned drain stops back in the drains and then put what you wiped off the drain stops into the trash.

It is a good idea to check your traps weekly, especially if you lose a lot of hair or if there are several people living with you. There may be extra water sitting in your pipes or hanging out in the traps, so be sure to put a bucket underneath the traps as you unscrew them and clean them out. If you can reach your sink traps (the U-shaped parts underneath the sink vanities), unscrew them, clean them out completely and then screw them back into place. As for the traps for your tub and/or shower, you will have to go into the basement and directly underneath the tub/shower drains to reach them. 

If your pipes are impassably clogged, contact a professional plumbing service, like DBR Plumbing, for help clearing your pipes and drains.

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