When you shave your legs or face, or wash your hair, some amount of water goes down the drain. For people with long hair, it can be a lot of water. In fact, hair clogs are one of the most common causes of clogs in a person’s home. Even if you have a special drain that filters hair, some of it can get down there. If that happens, there are a few options.
If there is a serious clog, you will need a professional plumber to get rid of it for you. However, we know that most clients will try their own methods first. There are a few options below, but please do not use a chemical drain cleaner. These can make the problem worse and damage your pipes. Instead, contact Preferred Plumbing and Rooter Service at (866) 261-3329 and let us get your clog cleared up.
Grab the Tweezers
This is a little hands-on for many people, but it can also be very effective. Take off your drain cover. If there is hair clogged close to the surface, you can use tweezers to pull the hair out. If that doesn’t work, try needle-nosed plyers. This is a stop-gap that can stop an immediate clog but remember that this is just the hair that got clogged at the top – it might be a good time for a drain cleaning that gets the drain clean again.
Boil Some Water
Water often gets stuck in the drain because it gets stuck on soap build-up or grease. When the water cools down, any soap scum that is in it will harden and stick to the wall of the drain. This allows hair and other debris to clog the drain. An easy way to get rid of it is to boil water and pour it down the drain.
Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar
Vinegar is a popular cleaning product, and it can help your drains, too – especially if you mix it with baking soda. Start by squirting dish soap right into your drain. Then pour a cup of baking soda. Then pour a cup of vinegar. Wait five minutes and then pour down boiling water. This can help clean up clogs near the surface.
Call a Plumber
If the simple solutions don’t help, then it is time to contact a plumber. Remember that in some cases, a clogged drain is a sign of a bigger problem. The sooner it is located and dealt with, the easier it will be to do. Contact Preferred Plumbing and Rooter Service at (866) 261-3329 if you need help from a plumber.