Prevent a Clogged Drain this Summer by Keeping the Sand Outside
With summer upon us, we have our pick of the 31 beaches on San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline to enjoy. Who gets to live like this? We do! We pay for the privilege of free all-day play in the sparkling sunshine when we bring home kids, cars and clothes full of sand. Eventually, that sand can build up in bathroom plumbing, and soon you’re taking a shower in three inches of tepid, sandy water. If you already have a sand clogged drain, do check out our do-it-yourself blog post: “Sand Backing up in the Shower? Must be Summer in San Diego!” Experienced San Diego plumbers know that too much sand in home shower drains leads to service calls. Prevent the sand clogged drain in your home by taking these precautions.
Prepare with the right beach equipment:
- Mesh bags allow sand to fall out on the trek to the parking lot. Fancy–but sealed–colorful beach bags lose their allure the minute you see the big pile of sand at the bottom.
- Chairs! Not sand-grabbing towels. If you do bring towels to sponge off water, use one chair as the towel dumping station. Keep towels up off the sand (and see below).
- Flip flops, not closed shoes. Teens especially have an idea of what’s cool and what’s not cool to wear to the beach. If they want to wear closed shoes, they’ll be the ones vacuuming the car.
- Bottles of baby powder—one for front and one for back seats. Before final entry into car, everyone sprinkles on feet, hands and legs to help remove the last of the sand. Since talcum powder is a naturally occurring element, you don’t have to worry about leaving it in the parking lot!
- Two old sheets: one to line backseat floor and one to line trunk.
- Plastic chair and hose in front of house for last rinse before entering.
Delegate End of Day Family Tasks
Giving everyone a job helps kids feel responsible and needed, even San Diego plumbers’ kids! The sand clogged drain grosses everyone out. Consider age and ability when dividing the following tasks:
- One (younger) child gets toys gathered into mesh bags. Another (older) child takes packed mesh bags to the water for a few dips before bringing back to boardwalk/path or other non-sand area. No dragging cleaned toys through sand.
- Put one child on each sandy sheet that you lined the back seat floor and trunk with. Have them carefully fold sand into sheet, bring out of car and shake it outside. Child should fold towel again to store under back seat and in trunk.
- One child gathers all towels and puts in laundry area. Another child gathers all bathing suits and gets to laundry area.
Individual San Diego Beach Day Responsibilities
- Everybody changes in ONE area. A downstairs, guest bathroom (with no shower), curtained-off portion of the patio or garage works well. Create areas to hang bathing suits. Keep robes in these areas so people can get to their rooms and showers discreetly.
- Everyone gets his or her own bathing suit to the bathing suit basket in the laundry area.
Suspect a Sand Clogged Drain?
Perry Plumbing Has Seen a Few . . . Thousand
San Diego Plumbers for over 30 years, Perry Plumbing’s technicians have lots of ways to determine whether your drain clog is just the result of accumulated sand or something more invasive like tree roots, a seam leak and more. Don’t hesitate to call us at 619-472-2112 if you’re splashing in sandy water each morning.We’re always offering coupons and discounts for plumbing work. Up front pricing and no travel time charges keep you in control of the budget. Interested in getting great plumbing tips? Visit our website www.perryplumbing.com to redeem your discount coupons!