If there’s anything that almost everyone can relate to, it’s a hair clog in the shower. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, your hair can clog the shower. Just like a pet sheds, so do humans. Whether it’s from shaving, or from basic washing, hair will fall off your body, and will inevitably end up in your drain—even when you add a stopper. If you’re dealing with a clog, here are the best ways to clean hair form a shower drain.
Try Using Tweezers to Remove Built-Up Hair
One of the best tools to clean your drain is sitting in your vanity. Trust us. Though it may seem gross to the squeamish, tweezers do the trick when trying to remove hair from your drain.
All you need to do is remove the drain cover, it can usually come off with a flathead screwdriver. Then remove any hair that may be sticking to the drain cover. Next, use a flashlight to shine around the area and see what you’re working with. You may want to put on some music or a podcast for this next part.
Now, it’s time to get to work. Simply pull the hair from the drain until there’s nothing left. For a small job a pair of tweezers will do the trick.
Clean Hair from a Shower Drain with Boiling Water
Ever wonder why hair clings so tightly
to the top of your drain? The answer is soap. When soap is warm and wet it’s at a liquid state. However, when it dries, you’re left with sticky, chunky soap lining the top of your drain. This stickiness is a perfect home for hair and other debris.
Don’t be intimidated by soap backup. Sometimes, all you need is a little warm water to flush everything away. Start by putting a pot or kettle of water on the stove. Wait until it’s at a rolling boil. Then pour it down the drain.
The boiling water can break up the soap scum and flush everything through your system. Say bye-bye to a slow draining shower.
Next Step, Try Baking Soda and Vinegar
A tried and true method of breaking up a clog is a combination of dish soap, baking soda, vinegar, and warm water
. There’s also a good chance you may already have all this on hand in your kitchen.
To clean your drain, start by removing the drain stopper. Next, squirt a bit of dish soap directly into the drain. Follow that with a cup of baking soda, then a cup of vinegar.
Let everything sit for about five minutes, then push it all through with at least a cup of boiling water. A quick plunge with a flat plunger should help dislodge anything that remains.
Know When it’s Time to Call a Professional
Unfortunately, there comes a time when all the water, baking soda, vinegar, and tweezers can’t dislodge a buildup or break through a clog. If this happens, it’s best to call a plumber before this small problem turns into a larger one.
A small clog or backup can be an indicator of a much larger problem. If you’re dealing with a slow draining sink or backed up pipes, it’s time to call a drain technician. Our drain technician will send a camera down your pipes to see if there is any debris, clogs, or breaks you should know about and let you know if there is a larger problem at hand.
Need Some Extra Help? Call Us
Think there’s more than hair to your clog? Our drain technicians are standing by and ready to take your call. You can trust us when we say we’ve seen it all. If you’re in Sacramento, Stockton, Vacaville, or the greater Bay Area, call the number at the top of the screen or click here to book an appointment online