There are many features women love about having long hair — but constant drain clogging isn’t one of them. Anyone with long locks knows the struggle of seeing water pool in the shower.
Below are a few simple steps you can take before getting in the shower, so you can keep your hair from clogging the drain:
- Brush your hair before you shower. If you can get in the habit of combing or brushing your hair before showering each day, you’re doing yourself a big favor. This small step may allow you to remove a lot of the loose strands that would have otherwise clogged your drain. Doing so only takes a few minutes, costs nothing and can make a difference.
- Install a hair catcher. There are several hair catchers on the market today, able to be installed into a drain for collecting strands of hair. These products allow water to run through the drain freely but stop hair. This allows you to pull out the strainer and remove the hair to the trash, rather than letting it clog your pipes.
- Clear the drain with boiling water once a month. As another preventative measure to minimize drain clogs, try pouring boiling water down your drain monthly or bimonthly. The hot water helps loosen any hair or gunk that is caught in the pipes, before the problem becomes bigger. After pouring the boiling water, always follow up with warm water for about five minutes.
- Respond to any problems immediately. Should hair get down the drain from time to time, enough to cause blockages, don’t ignore it. As soon as you notice any sort of clog, take action. You can use a bent wire (or your hands) to try to loosen the blockage, for example. Catching it early makes the process much simpler. Other solutions include pouring 1 cup bleach into the drain at night and then running warm water down the drain for a few minutes in the morning. Or, try pouring ¾ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar down the drain. Then, pour boiling water 30 minutes later. When these homemade solutions don’t work, you may need to contact a plumber.
When it comes to hair clogs in the shower drain, prevention is your best bet. Take steps to minimize how much hair is entering the drain, and you can keep clogs from occurring. For those blockages that do happen, however, always respond quickly. Minor blockages require simple solutions — much easier than bigger clogs.