Help, I Keep Clogging My Drain With My Hair!

One of the most constant issues people experience with their bathroom drains is clogs in the form of hair. This is, unfortunately, one of those problems that can’t often be helped and it is quite disgusting to deal with. Regardless of what you may try, hair will most likely always find its way into some drain or another and, in time, end up forming a huge clog. However, there are ways you can fix this and even a few things you can do to keep hair out of your drains.

There are several solutions to the hair problem. One of the more obvious ones is to install a hair catcher over your drain. This screen shields the drain from the hairs that you may shed while taking a shower, catching them and keeping them from finding their way down into the plumbing where they can create the beginnings of a clog. The only downside is that you do have to clean the hair catcher after every shower. There really is not a way to get out of dealing with that hair, unfortunately.

Alternatively, you could try catching the hair and holding onto it during your shower so it does not end up in the drain. You could also try brushing out your hair thoroughly before each shower to lessen the amount of hair that ends up loose and in the water. Neither of these options completely eliminates the problem, however, and naturally this advice is no good if you already have a clog! You can try to prevent a future clog from forming by clearing your drain of hair at least once a month or so.  Do not use toxic, commercial drain cleaners to do this, however. If used too often, these can end up damaging your pipes, which is far worse than any clog. Instead, try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Follow it up with six to eight cups of hot water about a half an hour after pouring the original mixture into the drain.

If you have a clog already, there are several things you could try to clear it. As mentioned earlier, it is best to avoid commercial drain cleaners due to the corrosion they can cause over time. You should first attempt to pull the clog out or dislodge it through some other means. There is also the option of using a plunger, but if all else fails it is best to call a professional to handle it. You can learn more here about what a plumber can do to help you when you are at a loss for how to handle the problem. Chances are, if you can’t fix it yourself, the problem is more complex than you first thought and should be handled by someone who has experience in the matter.