Plumbing Tips: 2 Simple Ways To Unclog Hair From Your Drain

Most likely you are happy with your hair, but those strands can cause a big headache for your plumber and your drains. This happens because hair is quite sturdy and can easily clog your drains if you fail to keep hair out of there. The following are 2 ways to get rid of hair clogs that may get your drain running smoothly again. 

1. The Baking Soda & Vinegar Method

The average person loses around 100 strands of hair a day, making hair clogs a common enemy of your drains. The first and simplest way to get rid of hair clogs is to use vinegar and baking soda.

These products may be helpful due to the chemical reaction that occurs when baking soda and vinegar is mixed; this concoction releases a lot of carbon dioxide, which should loosen up the hair. The reaction may look like bubbles to you, but it should help lift any clogs from your drain. Besides, baking soda is also abrasive and should scrape off any hair sticking to the surface of your drains. 

Follow the steps below to apply this solution:

  1. Remove as much water as possible if there is any water sitting on your sink.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the drain. 
  3. Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain, and do not let go until it stops fizzing. 
  4. Repeat, and pour hot water down the drain to see if it helped. Or you can try your plunger to see if the mixture loosened up the clog. 

Remember that this solution is only meant to deal with light to mild clogs, so you may need to talk to your plumber for a severe drain clog. 

2. The Washing Soda Trick

The next thing you can try is washing soda, which is a highly alkaline solution that usually comes from plant ash. This product is usually by the detergent section of your grocery store, or you can purchase it online. Remember to use gloves and safety goggles when using this product, as it can irritate your skin and eyes. 

The strong alkalinity of this product should help dissolve the hair that is stuck in your drains and will not harm your pipes. Follow the steps to use it:

  1. Remove excess water. 
  2. Put your goggles and gloves on.
  3. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of washing soda down your drain. 
  4. Let the powder sit in your drain for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  5. Pour hot water down the drain to see if it worked. 

Be sure to call your plumber if these solutions are unsuccessful, as the clog may be more severe than what you assumed. But, as you can see, there are a few ways to deal with a drain that is not too hard on your pocket. 

For professional help, contact a company such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.