The Top Four Methods to Clean Hair out of the Drain
It happens to the best of us. One day you’re taking a shower and suddenly you’re ankle-deep in foamy shampoo water. Your drain is clogged…with hair.
Whether you have long, luscious locks or even a few scant trimmings on top, you’re likely to find that you or someone in your home clogged the drain with hair. And before you stick your fingers into the grimy, hairy mess, check out these five tips on how to clean hair out of the drain.
Preventative measures professional plumbers suggest
First, and for future reference, consider purchasing a drain cover to catch all the hair before it lodges into the drain. Beware, however, because you’ll ultimately see how much hair you’re losing, and you may be in for an anxiety-inducing surprise.
Drain cleaning method
Harsh products like Drano use chemicals that can erode pipes long-term. For a more gentle approach, try pouring baking soda and vinegar down the pipes, and chase it with boiling water. Both of these products are safe for pipes, and this combo is great because vinegar has disinfecting properties and baking soda is tough on smells. Not only does this combo help move hair through the drains but it keeps the drains fresh and clean.
Using a plunger to remove hair
Sometimes you have to get down and dirty. If you can, remove the drain cover first. Turn on the faucet and gently plunge the drain. Grab the hair when it comes up before it washes back down the drain again. You might want to use gloves unless your gag reflex is pretty tough.
There are different kinds of snakes you can use on the drain. The first is a Hair Snake, which is great for removing small clumps of hair close to the surface of the drain. Sometimes this is all you need for a quick fix to get the water flowing again. Another type of snake is called an auger, or a “plumbing snake,” which is more effective for bigger clogs.
Call an experienced plumber.
If the drain is still clogged, the issue may be bigger than a few clumps of hair. In such a case, call your local plumber to assess the problem more thoroughly.
Certainly there are many methods to clean hair out of the drain. If the problem isn’t too serious, using baking soda and vinegar to flush out any hair can be the easiest quick fix. If the hair has built up over time, you may want to use a plunger or plumbing snake. If the problem still persists after these methods, you may have deeper plumbing issues than a few strands of hair. In such a case, you’ll want to call an experienced plumber.
Full Speed Plumbing services the Western Washington area and can tackle any of your plumbing issues. With over 20 years of experience, we’re committed to fast, honest, and quality services to get your drains back up to speed.