It is common, but not much talked about problem. Your tub stops draining, and when you reach down to unclog it, out comes a smarmy hairball the size of a large rat. Calm down; you have to work it out anyway.
We will be honest – hair clogs are one of the most dogged ones. Once the hair gets interlaced with soap foam and other debris, you may have to test your nerves to solve this issue. However, hairballs and hair clogs are not impossible to dissolve. Below, we provide some of the time tested and proven tips to get rid of a clogged drain.
1) Baking Soda and Vinegar (Time required: 30 Mins)
A combination of baking soda and vinegar, two commonly available kitchen items can do wonders to unclog almost anything in sewer pipes – including hair. The solution is super easy to implement in a few minutes. Let’s see how
– Boil some water using kitchen stove, microwave oven, tea kettle, or whatever option available.
– Mix one cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda.
– First, dispense the boiling water into the drain slowly and wait for a minute.
– After a couple of minutes, pour the mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain.
– You will hear sounds of a reaction down there, but that is exactly what you want to achieve.
Now run water and see if the drain has been unclogged. If water flows quickly and smoothly down the drain, it’s time to relax and have a cup of coffee. Otherwise, we still have a few other options to try.
2) Baking Soda and Salt (Time Required: 12 Hrs)
Seems like baking soda does more with clogged drains than with kitchen recipes, right? Since the combination of vinegar and baking soda failed to work, which means that the hair clog is quite stubborn. So, let’s try another combination in super easy steps.
– Mix 1/2 half cup of salt with a cup of baking soda.
– Pour the mixture down the sewer and leave it overnight.
– It will fuzz several times and dissolve balls of hair in the drain.
– In the morning, boil a half jug of water and flush down the drain with it.
3) Off the shelf Chemicals (Time Required: as suggested on packaging)
If the hair clog is so stubborn that all the previous methods have failed, then there is only one solution for this – the use of off the shelf chemicals. You would certainly not be comfortable using an them, but sometimes this is the last option. Make sure to wear gloves and gawks and follow the instructions on the packaging.
If you’re still having trouble clearing your sewer after trying all these methods, it may be time to call ABC Plumbing Company West Hollywood.
4) A Hook or a Snake (Time Required: 10-15 mins)
If the combination of baking soda with vinegar and salt has failed to do the job, it is the time to harness the incredible power of your hands to unclog your drain. Yes, one of the oldest and favorite methods with a fairly high success rate when it comes to hair clogs is using a plumbing snake or a hook.
No worries if you don’t have a hook available at home, anything thin and firm with a coiled end like wire coat hanger is a perfect alternative. All you need to do is push the snake (or hook) down, turn its handle, and bring it up after you have reached the clog. It is easy to notice the clog, as the hairball would make it a bit harder to push. That is when you will know when to pull it up. Problem solved? Cheers, have a great day.
Pro Tip – Be Watchful
Now, you know that dealing with a drain clogged by hair is not an easy job. So, be watchful to avoid the situation in the future. Few simple steps can help you keep your drain clear of hair:
i. Brush your hair before showering.
ii. Collect fallen hair at the opposite end of the tub and dispose of in the trash afterward.
iii. Run the tap when shaving to flush hair down as you go.
iv. Consider purchasing a shower drain hair catcher.
Need Professional Drain Cleaning?
If you are looking for a professional service to clean your hair-clogged drain, call ABC Plumbing Service West Hollywood now. Our professionals will come equipped with plumbing snakes and hooks to remove hair or any other thing that you might have slipped down your drain to restore the function of your sewerage pipes and bring continence and comfort back to your home.