How Shaving Can Ruin Your Plumbing

How to Shave Without Clogging the Sink

4 Tips on How to Shave Without Clogging the Sink

This is the time of year when men the world over begin sporting beards to insulate their faces from colder temperatures. For some, cultivating facial hair is an annual rite, signifying their participation in Movember and No-Shave November—both worthy causes that raise awareness for men’s health issues.

But those hirsute gentlemen will have to shave at some point. If you count yourself among the bearded brethren, keep these pointers in mind when it comes time to bid adieu to your bristles.

1. Trim Before You Shave

Use scissors or electric clippers to trim your beard down as much as possible before shaving. Let your whiskers fall to the floor to be vacuumed. This will prevent the brunt of your trimmings from clogging your drain. Then you can use a razor for a baby-smooth shave.

2. Use a Bowl or Cup For Rinsing

A sink filled with hot water is convenient for rinsing off your razor, but all those whiskers will wreak havoc on your plumbing when your pull drain stopper. Instead, swirl your razor in a bowl or cup. Then empty the container outside.

Doing this will also keep lather out of your drains. Those clingy suds can form a blockage in your pipes over time.

3. Cover Your Sink

All those little hairs that fall into your sink can create a stubborn clog eventually. Place a moist paper towel over the drain. Use another damp paper towel to wipe up the shavings when you’re done.

4. Flush the Drain

Be sure to run plenty of hot water down your drain when you’re done shaving. Even better: Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down your drain. Then flush the drain with boiling water, cover the drain and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. The bubbling reaction will help purge the line of gunky build-up.

If you experience plumbing or sewer problems, contact Mr. Sewer Rooter online or by phone at (323) 688-4565.

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