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5 Techniques For Cleaning Hair From Your Shower Drain

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

5 Techniques For Cleaning Hair From Your Shower Drain

In spite of your best efforts, hair will inevitably fall into your shower drain.

Long hair is irrelevant... until you find yourself standing in a pool of stagnant water. Or, even worse, your shower drain starts to back up. What a gross mess.

When this occurs, it can be tempting to call a plumber right immediately, but you should try these tips first to save money on hiring a professional. It is time to say blocked drains goodbye


Let's start by discussing how to clear the hair from your drain. Is that the best course of action?

Sincerity is told, there are some effective all-natural methods for removing hair. In fact, baking soda and vinegar are suggested below as one of them. But the majority of the time, using some sort of tool is the best course of action. This makes sure that every hair is gone while protecting your shower drain.

Unfortunately, we do not advise using chemical drain cleaners because they are harsh on your pipes and body. In fact, they may even do more harm, which may result in corrosion, leaks, and expensive water damage.



These are the five techniques for shower drain unblocking that we most frequently advise. One of them will inevitably disintegrate or remove the hair from your drain.

1.       The Hair Snake Technique


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Hair snakes are beneficial. Not all of the hair is removed, but occasionally just one clump is sufficient. What do you have to lose because it just takes a minute? It can be inserted into the drain, turned, and then removed.

2.       The Baking Soda Technique


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Try using baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling hot water as a natural alternative before reaching for those harsh chemicals.

Baking soda has a lot of advantages. In addition to aiding in the dissolution of hair in your drain, it also possesses disinfectant qualities that can battle odour, bacteria, and fungi. We refer to that as a win-win.


Steps For Cleaning Hair From Drains With Baking Soda


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  •  To unclog the clogged tub drain, pour one cup of baking soda down it. Immediately after, add one cup of vinegar.

  • The vinegar and baking soda mixture will begin to bubble. Allow the bubbling to do its job. Pour two quarts of boiling water down the drain five minutes after the fizzing stops.

  • After clearing the drain, open the faucet and make sure the water is flowing freely.

  • Repetition of procedures 1 through 3 is necessary if the drain is still clogged. Pour a solution of one cup baking soda and one and a half cups salt down the drain and let it sit overnight if the clog is very difficult to clear. The following day, use hot water to flush.


3.       The Manual Approach (Remove the Clog By Hand Or Tweezer)

This approach has the best chance of working if your drain is accessible and/or has a detachable cover. It is advised to use tweezers or rubber gloves to prevent handling anything nasty with your hands.

  • Lift or pry open the drain cover with a screwdriver to remove it.

  • Use a flashlight to find the hair clump or clog.

  • If the blockage is reachable, remove it from the drain with your hands and throw it away.

  • To hook onto clogs that are more difficult to reach, try using tweezers or the end of a garment hanger.

  • Continue until the drain in the shower is clear.

If the bathtub drain is still clogged with hair and is not draining properly, you may have a mineral build-up. You can either use the baking soda procedure once more in this situation or have a professional plumber take a closer look.


4.       The Auger Technique, often known as "Plumbing Snake


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Another straightforward option for harder jams is an auger. This method could be the most effective at unclogging your difficult shower drain, whether you have one at home or borrow one from a friend.

  • Push the snake into the drain until the hair obstruction is encountered.

  • To pull the snake and clog it up, turn the handle.

  • To check that the drain is clear, run some water down it.

  • Repeat as required.


5.       Using a Plunger and Hand


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If you have already attempted to unclog the drain manually but the blockage persists, consider using a plunger to break up the hair.

  • Turn on the faucet, then put a plunger over the tub drain (remove drain cover if possible).

  • Ensure that the plunger is submerged and that you create a solid seal around the drain. firmly plunge the drain. The force of the plunger should release the obstruction, making it simpler to remove by hand or flush down the drain.

  • Stop the water flow and search for obstruction. If necessary, remove with a gloved hand or tweezers.

  • Restart the water flow to confirm that the drain is clear.


A Little Precaution

Being more conscious of how much hair you shed is the best approach to prevent a major hair clog in your shower drain. Although it is normal and inevitable to lose your gorgeous locks, not all of them need to be flushed down the toilet.

Here are some easy methods for keeping hair out of your drain:

  • Take into account getting a shower drain hair catcher (or drain screen). The simplest approach to guarantee that your shower will never clog is to do it in this manner.

  • To flush hair down as you shave, use the faucet. The better, the more water you run.

  • If you have a drain screen, keep it clear.

  • Before taking a shower, brush your hair.



Final Reflections

I hope these pointers were beneficial. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has to contend with the irksome conflict between long hair and the shower drain.

There are several possibilities when looking for the best approach to removing hair from the drain. Some of the simplest (and most accessible) drain cleaner tricks and suggestions are given here. Why not get started now that you know what to do? Of course, you may decide to call a plumber if you are unable to clean the drain at home on your own. After all, you don't want to take a chance with your pipes! If you want a professional drainage service to help you, the best idea is to call Stillorgan Drain Cleaning. We offer a call-out within 90 minutes for all drainage service



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