Hair clogs can cause serious drainage issues. However, unless you like a super-short cut, hair clogs are almost inevitable, and, as a homeowner, you need to know how to handle them. Avoiding and dealing with hair clogs deserves a three-part strategy: preventing, unclogging and knowing when to call the pros. Here's a closer look:
Preventing hair clogs needs a two-part approach. The first part involves your hair, and the second part involves your drain. To reduce the amount of hair that comes loose during a shower, brush your hair before taking a shower.
To deal with your drain, consider investing in a removable drain cap. After your shower, simply remove it and shake out the hairs before replacing it. Alternatively, if you need an immediate solution, lay a dryer sheet over your drain. The sheet will let the water drain while it picks up your hair.
To deal with a drain clogged by hair, start by removing the drain cover and pulling out whatever hair and debris you can see. Then, use a toilet plunger over the drain. In some cases, the thrust of air into the pipes can push the hair along.
If that doesn't let the water drain, try pouring boiling water down the drain. The water will help to melt any residue such as old soap or remnants of hair spray that is holding the hair to the side of the drain. If the drain continues to drain slowly, pour in some chemical drain cleaner.
Calling the pros
Don't try to "snake" your own drain. While you can buy snakes at hardware stores, they can create damage if you are not trained in how to use them. Similarly, don't use a wire coat hanger, as that can also poke through the sides of your pipes, creating an emergency situation. If you have gotten to a point where you want to try these methods, contact an emergency blocked drain service.
There are also other signs that a clog has advanced to the point that you need to call a professional. In particular, if you have shower water coming into your toilet, toilet water coming into your shower or any other water appearing where it shouldn't be, that's a sign that the clog is deep in your system and that you need a professional to deal with the blockage.
For more tips on preventing and dealing with hair clogs or other drainage issues, contact a plumber in your area.