Quick DIY Plumbing Tips for Parents of Teenagers

Parenting teens can mean clogged drains, but not with the right tools on hand.

(StatePoint) No one ever said parenting teens would be easy, however you may not have considered the beating it can put on your household drains.

With teens piling on experimental hair products and staying on-trend with long, flowing locks, bathrooms may see hours of hair washing, brushing and styling each week -- meaning feet of discarded hair making its way into drains, along with sticky hairsprays and gels. Before you know it, the sink has stopped draining and there is a pool of standing water in the shower.

Does all this sound familiar? Lifestyle bloggers Krissy Higgens and Shelby Barone, both moms of teenagers, know the reality of the plumbing upkeep that can sometimes be required. Here are a few insights for keeping drains clear, clean and in working order.

• Be sure your sink and shower drains have mesh screens to catch at least some of the hair before it goes down the drain. Get a little help, and ask teens to clean screens after showering and styling their hair. If it’s been several months since your teenagers have made their beds or you’ve seen the floor of their rooms, you know that this may not actually get done daily, however it’s a good place to start.

• Consider tried-and-true methods. “My parents used Roto-Rooter to clear drains when I was a teenager, and I knew that if it worked for them in the ’80s, it would work for me now,” says Barone, author of the OC Mom Blog. “It is safe on all drains, and that gave me the peace of mind in knowing that the product wouldn’t harm our pipes.”

Roto-Rooter has a line of products specifically designed to help tackle this task quickly and affordably. The formula packed into Roto-Rooter’s Clog Removers has the right viscosity to penetrate and soak into a clog, breaking it down from all sides and leaving drains clear in a few minutes. Safe on all pipes and septic systems, it works to prevent future issues as well as solve immediate plumbing emergencies.

“I pretty much keep Roto-Rooter in stock in my bathroom closet so that it’s always on hand when we need it. Living in an older house makes having this in house even more important,” says Higgens, author of All in a Day’s Work blog.

• You can also help maintain clear drains by flushing them with hot water after showering and styling. This is an easy task that teens can remember to do on a daily basis.

To learn more about Roto-Rooter products, visit rotorooter-products.com.

There’s no need to tell teens to change their style or routine! With some simple tools, you can encourage new styles, lengths and trends without a second thought about how your drains might handle all of the experimentation.

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