The hair on your head can become a major headache when it goes down the drain.
Learning what causes hair clogs, how to manage them, and how to avoid them will help keep your drains clean and clear.
How Hair Clogs Drains
Hair is only part of why hair clogs actually happen. The oil we secrete through our skin, combined with soap residue and cleaners, can create a sticky surface in the drain pipe. Hair can become snagged in this residue. The hair then becomes sticky which only makes it worse. Eventually, the amount of hair and sticky residue causes a clog.
How to Unclog Your Drain
There are a few DIY remedies you can try to dislodge and clear the clog. Here is a couple:
- Pour a half-cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit a few minutes, then follow it with a pot of boiling water.
- Use an auger. This plumbing tool has a bristle or hook on the end, which can be used to catch the clog and pull it out.
If none of these methods work, or if the clog keeps returning, it is time to call in a professional plumber.
How to Avoid Hair Clogs
Once you have the hair clog gone, it’s time to learn how to prevent them from happening.
- Brush your hair before you get into the tub or shower. Getting loose hairs with a brush prevents them from going down the drain.
- Lay a fabric softener sheet across the drain before you shower. This sheet will capture loose hairs before they go down the drain.
- Invest in a steel mesh cup that fits over your bath or shower drain. The mesh allows the water to flow through but catches the hairs before they do.
- If you have a few hairs come loose when shampooing, place them on the edge of the tub or shower sill. Then dispose of them in the garbage.
If you’ve got drain and clog problems may need professional help to resolve the issue. Our plumbing team at AAA Service can help! Contact us or schedule an appointment online today! We serve Boulder, Colorado and all surrounding areas.