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5 Ways To Remove Hair From Your Drains

Whether you consider yourself a shower or bath person, there’s one thing that everyone will have to deal with eventually - hair clogs. While there’s nothing more relaxing than stepping into your bathroom after a long day, having to deal with slow-draining water due to hair accumulation can undoubtedly burst your relaxation bubble. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks you can implement to ensure your bathroom goes back to the relaxing sanctuary it is.

Ready, Set… Prep!

We understand that time is of the essence and you want to get your bathroom back to the oasis it is, but first, you’ll need to do a little prepping. One of the easiest ways to rid your shower of hair is by removing the drain cover and cleaning away trapped hair and unnecessary debris. For an extra clean shower that shines from top to bottom, you can take it a step further and grab an old toothbrush or scrubbing brush to help remove any soap and residue build-up. Rinsing it with a mixture of baking soda or vinegar and water can help it look extra shiny.

1. Use a Clothes Hanger

You may have removed the drain cover and cleared the surface hair accumulation, but sometimes this is not enough. While not everyone will have a handy plumbing snake at their disposal, a clothes hanger can be just as useful. This method can be great for removing any hair clogs nestled a little further down your drain pipe. Simply unravel a wire hanger and ensure the end has a little hook. Remove the drain cover and insert your makeshift plumbing snake into the shower or bath drain, gently wiggling it around until you feel the hair blockage. Once you’ve located the clog, which you should be able to feel, try and grab it with your hook before slowly removing it. This is not a task for the faint of heart, so if icky sights and smells are not for you, you may want to rope someone else in for this job.

2. Hot Water to The Rescue

Hot water is an excellent and non-invasive way to remove any blockages. It’s ideal for smaller hair clogs and can help clear your pipes of any additional debris. Flush your pipes using a few litres of boiling water and pour it slowly down your shower or bath drain.

3. The Baking Soda and Vinegar Method

Harsh drain cleaners may be an effective method to eliminate hair clogs, but sometimes it does more harm than good, as these chemicals can erode your pipes. If you’re looking for a safer and more convenient option, you can create your own homemade drain cleaner with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Before pouring your homemade solution down your pipes, you want to pour water down the drain first. Leave the solution for around 15 - 30 minutes as the natural chemical reaction takes place. This will help dislodge and dissolve any hair clumps formed in your pipes. You can clear the mixture by pouring additional hot water down your drain.

4. Use a Plunger

Using a plunger on your shower or bath drain may seem silly when you think about its association with blocked toilets, but it can be a convenient method for helping you loosen any hair clogs stuck in your pipes. This method is especially great for bathtubs. To get started, you will want to run some hot water through your pipes before creating a “seal” using your plunger. You’ll need a little elbow grease for this next step in order to plunge the drain and help create pressure. This pressure should force the clog to move, either down the pipes or close enough for you to grab the hair. Finish things off by flushing your drain with hot water as an extra measure to clear things away.

5. Call The Experts

Clearing a blocked drain is sometimes easier said than done, and stubborn clogs can leave your entire household feeling frustrated. Thankfully, when all else fails, you can call the experts! Our team of specialists are equipped to handle every kind of clog, from removing hair clogs to clearing trapped debris. We provide quality drainage solutions 24/7, ensuring you get your bathroom oasis back as soon as possible.

Tips to Help You Avoid Hair Clogs

As with all things, prevention is better than cure, and there are a range of tips and tricks you can implement to help you avoid the perils of hair clogs. Here are a few to keep in mind:

Brush your hair before showering

Brushing your hair before getting in the shower can help remove loose hair that might otherwise end up in the drain. This simple step can significantly reduce the amount of hair that goes down the drain

Use a drain cover

Using a drain cover can help stop hair from ever making it down your pipes. These nifty covers fit right over your drain and will help you easily remove fallen hair, allowing you to collect it without breaking a sweat.

Avoid excessive hair products

Hair products like gels, creams, and mousses can contribute to clogs by trapping hair and debris with the buildup narrowing your pipes. Try to use these products sparingly to help prevent residue from accumulating in your drains, making sure to regularly flush your pipes with hot water or your homemade vinegar and baking soda solution.

Regularly clean your drains

Even with preventive measures, some hair may still find its way into your drains. Periodically, use the above-mentioned combination of vinegar and baking soda to break down hair and other debris in your pipes.

We hope these tips have been helpful in ensuring your shower and bath remain hair-free, but don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts today!

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