Clogging up of hair in a shower drain can be a really big deal if you really don't know how to go about it! But then let's look at the parts of the body from where hairs fall off. Knowing how hair clogs the drain and from where it comes can help reduce the instances of hair clogging up your shower drain. (of course, the hair may not be from the human body alone!).
What are the most common hair that clogs the drain?
Moustache hair from the facial region can also block your drain even though they are generally not long.
Hair that falls off while you are shampooing and washing your head. Even if you try to pick up some of the hair, some of them still find their way into the shower drain.
Shower drain clog can also be as a result of washing your pets. Considerable amount of hair can fall off your pets while washing them and find their way in to the shower drain.
Washing your long hair: This is a very good avenue for your shower drain to get hair into it.
Methods Of Dissolving Hair In A Shower Drain
The following are proven ways to dissolve hair in a shower drain. They can be divided into:
Let me quickly go through each of the categories.
1. Natural methods of dissolving hair in your shower drain
Most people prefer to use the natural means to dissolving hair in a shower drain. If you are one, follow these steps:
(A.) Get some vinegar and baking soda ready. This ‘duo’ is a very good combination.
(B.) Get some water and boil it in a kettle.
(C.) Then pour some quantity of the hot boiling water into the shower drain and wait for about 60 seconds.
(D.) Then, measure a quarter of a cup of baking soda and mix with a cup of vinegar, and pour into the shower drain. You will notice some reactions inside the drain.
(E.) Carry out the steps in (a) – (d) again after having waited for twenty minutes after the first action. Did you notice any difference? Turn on the water to see if it now flows freely. If it is giving you the desired results, then consider the next example of the natural method.
The use of salt with baking soda: You will agree that salt is naturally tough on germs. If the hair in your shower drain appears tough, the following steps will help you greatly:
Get your salt and baking soda ready.
Measure out a cup of baking soda and mix it with a half cup of salt.
Empty this mixture into the shower drain and leave it for about seven hours. (You will notice the reactions several times.)
Then boil some quantity of water and then pour it into the drain. After following each of these steps, it is expected that your drain will be free from hair clogs.
2. Chemical method of dissolving hair in your shower drain
Not everyone would like to use chemicals. However, if the hair clogs in your shower drain proves very tough, you may have to resort to using chemical. I will start with a harmless chemical.
The use of bleach: Bleach as a form of chemical, is basic in nature. In other words, it has the characteristics and properties of a base. One of the properties is that they (bases) react with acids to form salt and water only, a reaction known as neutralization. So, when bleach is poured upon the hair strands (which are acidic), it neutralizes them. So, if you’re bleaching out your clogs, just follow these simple steps:
Pour a cup of bleach into your shower drain and wait for some about thirty minutes for the bleach to melt the clogs.
Pour another cup of bleach to do a thorough unclogging.
CAUTION: Make sure to put on your hand gloves and eye-protective glass when dealing with the bleach.
One of the proven chemicals for dissolving shower drains is talon drain cleaner.
This chemical works quickly and efficiently like a wildfire in harmattan! It is a powdery substance which when applied needs to be followed by the use of water. Professionals prefer to use it. However, it is more expensive than the common liquid drain opener.
This drain cleaner was tested on a sluggish moving shower drain clogged up with hair debris.
An experiment to test its effectiveness revealed that the drain ran like a new one after applying this chemical drain opener. Its use is okay for septic systems and will not damage plastics, chrome or brass materials.
● Cautions !
Make sure you put your hand gloves and goggles on.
Do not apply the chemical or any other type of drain cleaner in your toilet! The chemicals produce heat that can cause a damage to your porcelain as it isn’t a material that allows for expansivity.
3. Mechanical methods of dissolving hair in your shower drain
Use of hot boiling water: This is pouring boiling hot water into your shower drain. The dirt in the pipe is dissolved by the hot water and so the pipe is loosened up so that the dirt clogs goes down easily down the pipe. However, the hair clog isn’t dissolved; it just moves down the drain and this may lead to a more serious clog.
Another way we categorize under mechanical method has a good rate of success. And, it is by using a hook.
No one would likely want to pull off the accumulated dirt with their hands, so using a hook is a very good option.
However, if you cannot find a hook, you can use a hanger or any material that has a curved mouth with which you can remove the hair clogs.
Another, similar tool to a hook, is a plumber’s snake, as it is effective with various drain clogs, including hair.
You need to push the snake down, turn its handle after you have reached the clog, and bring it up.
It is easy to detect the clog, as a bunch of hair in one place would make it a bit harder for a snake to come through.
That is when you will know when to bring it up.