A hair clog is one of the most common clogs that most of us deal with at some point.
Even if you use a drain stopper, hair can still accumulate in your lines over time, creating nasty clumps that may slow your drains down.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take any drastic measures to avoid this problem. You can take to get rid of that gross blockage and help your drain flow freely once again.
Here are the five ways you get the hair out of your drains.
Use Baking Soda & Vinegar Before Plunging It Out:
The combination of baking soda and vinegar has proved to be an effective way to remove all types of clogs, including hair clogs. For optimal results, squirt small dish soap into your drain, before a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda.
Wait for at least five minutes for the chemical reaction of combination to take effect, then chase that with a cup or more of boiling water.
This should effectively clear out most of the hair clog, however, you should still use a cup plunger on your drain to get rid of any hair that is left behind. Make sure you are using a cup or “flat” plunger specifically, and if the clog is still present, repeat this process as necessary.
Pull It Out with Tweezers:
Unlike many small clogs, the stringy nature of hair can sometimes may it difficult to plunge out. If you have tried to remove a hairy obstruction by plunging it out of your drain but just can’t quite get rid of it, you may need to try pulling it out with a pair of tweezers instead.
First, you’ll need to take off your drain stopper if you have one.
In some cases, you may have to do this manually, though you may also need a screwdriver, depending on the nature of your drain (while you’re at it, you might as well clean any accumulated hair off the stopper, too.)
After that, take a flashlight and shine it into your drain so you can get a better look at the blockage in question. From there, you should be able to use your needle-nose pliers to pull out that unpleasant accumulation of hair.
Purchase a Snaking Device:
If melting your hair clog with baking soda and vinegar, plunging it out, and using tweezers to remove it still hasn’t done the trick, you may be able to break that clog apart with a snaking device. What kind of snake you ask? Any number of options may due depending on the severity of your clog. For less severe cases, straightening out a wire hanger and sticking that down your drain to break up a clog can actually do the trick.
Again, use rubber gloves anytime you are taking out a drain, as it is a fairly unsanitary job. If all of this is sounding too complicated to you, or you are not comfortable doing this much plumbing work on your own, you can also…
Call for Professional Drain Cleaning:
If you have tried all the methods mentioned above but the clog still persists. It is advisable to seek the assistance of a professional plumber like us. We have access to our drain cleaning tools and technology, we can get rid of clogs made from hair, soap scum, grease, food, toilet paper, and a range of other hard-to-remove items.