How To Avoid Disgusting Hair Clogs In Your Home's Drains

How To Avoid Disgusting Hair Clogs In Your Home's Drains

As the water splashes down at your feet and you rinse the excessive amount of shampoo from your hair, you soon realize you’re standing ankle-deep in murky water. Suddenly, gunk and everything that’s been going down your drain recently is floating around you. After calling the professionals for a drain inspection, they quickly discover the culprit of the problem: a hair clog.

It doesn’t matter how hairy you might be, it’ll find a way into your drain – it’s almost inevitable.

But before you think about reaching for a razor, there are ways to stay vigilant about how much hair winds up down the drain. Staying on top of it will prolong the time your drains flow their best, at least until your next scheduled inspection, which is recommended once a year or more.

What Ways Can I Keep Hair From Going Down The Drain?

When it comes to limiting the amount of hair in your drain, it’s best to stay proactive by using a mesh drain screen, brushing your hair before bathing or clearing loose hair near the entrance.

Unlike other systems around your home, you can’t typically see drain problems until it’s too late.

The best way to combat running into a future issue is to remain proactive. Placing a mesh drain protector over the entrance to the drain is the solution we recommend most often. Available in a variety of looks and styles, and at most retail stores, these protectors are an inexpensive way of catching a majority of the soap scum, grime, hair and other debris that can get washed away.

Another option would be to brush your hair before bathing. Doing so will remove the excess hair from your head, preventing even more from falling to the floor. If some hair does fall onto the floor while bathing, or into the sink when washing your hands for that matter, don’t just hit it with the water and let it wash away. Stay on top of that loose hair and dispose of it properly – and keep an eye on the drain entrance and frequently clear away anything that shouldn’t go down.

How Can I Remove Hair Clogs That Have Formed In The Drain?

Removing hair from your drain can be tricky but try using a plunger or natural solutions like organic drain cleaners to help remove the hair. If that doesn’t work, it’s best to call the experts!

Have you been letting your hair just wash down the drain for a while now and think it might be slowing your line down? If it’s built up near the drain entrance, rather than all of the way down the line, there are a few solutions that might help remove some of the hair clogging your drain.

  • How To Avoid Disgusting Hair Clogs In Your Home's DrainsClean It With Your Hands: It might sound obvious, but throw on a pair of gloves and get your hands a little dirty. Clean off anything your screen trap might’ve caught and see what you grab when manually pulling on any hair that might be caught on the stopper.
  • Reach For The Plunger: When you think plunger, you probably think toilet but they’re also great for sucking up hair and debris when placed over your drain. Make sure you have a plunger designed for a sink, securely place it over the drain and just plunge away.
  • Try Natural Cleaners: Don’t reach for chemical-based liquid drain cleaners. Instead, try organic drain cleaners that are safe on your skin, eco-friendly and won’t damage your pipes – like our Zoom Bio! It uses a specially-engineered type of bacteria, rather than harsh chemicals, to eat away at organic materials that might be sitting in your pipes.

If none of those tips help eliminate the hair in your line – or if your drains are still sluggish – then it’s time to call the drain experts. It might not be just hair, but maybe something further down the line that’s becoming a problem, like buildup or a clog. Trust Zoom Drain for your wastewater needs – call or schedule an appointment online today and we’ll get everything flowing again.