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Avoiding and Remedying Hair-Related Drain Clogs

Avoiding and Remedying Hair-Related Drain Clogs

There are a few common culprits that often lead to drain clogs in your plumbing system, and perhaps the most well-known of all in this area is hair. Hair is often a precursor or even a primary cause of drain clogs, but there are also some pretty simple steps you can take to ensure this doesn't happen in your system - or to remedy the situation if it does.

At Neighborly Plumbing & Services, we're happy to offer a variety of plumbing services to clients around Salt Lake City, Millcreek, Park City, Sugar House and nearby areas - including drain cleaning for any clog or issue that has arisen. Here are some top ways of preventing hair from ever becoming an issue in your drains, plus what to do if such an issue arises and some situations where professional service might be needed.

Hair Removal Following Use

One of the simplest ways to ensure that hair never becomes a serious issue with your drains is to take preventative measures after each use of the sink or shower. Every time you wash your face, brush your teeth or shampoo your hair - make sure you run a hand-held comb through all of the used water and catch any loose strands before they go down the drain.

This is especially important for people who know they often shed some of their hair as they use these fixtures, but it can also be a good idea for anyone who wants to make sure the drain remains free and clear.

Screening The Drain

Another step you can take to prevent hair from becoming a problem is to install small screens on any drains that are often used by people with long hair. These little metal or plastic guards will keep hair from making it down the drain, and may even be able to catch other potential blockage-causing items like small pieces of soap or dirt.

If you're going this route, be sure to clean out the screens every once in a while so they don't become clogged and cause their own problems.

Drain Flushing

This is a process that will either require multiple family members or the assistance of professional plumbers. Drain flushing is the act of closing all your drains, filling each sink or tub with water, and then letting the water run through each drain simultaneously.

This allows the water to push out any trapped pollutants, such as hair, and should be done regularly as a preventative measure.

Existing Hair Clog Remedies

Is a hair-related clog already present in your drain? Here are a few basic DIY approaches before you call in the pros:

  • Plunger: Many people attempt to use a plunger when they find a clog in their drain, but this is usually only effective if the blockage is located close to the top of the drain.
  • Snake: A plumber's snake (or auger) is a small device that looks like a long flexible cable with a corkscrew-like end. It's designed to tackle clogs that are located further down the drain and can usually be purchased at a hardware store or home improvement center.
  • Chemicals: You'll also find a variety of chemical cleaners on the market that might work in dislodging hair-related blockages, although these should always be used with caution and after considering the damage they may cause to your pipes, especially if they're used too often.

When to Call in the Professionals

While many of these methods may prove effective in removing hair-related clogs from your drains, there are some situations where the help of a professional plumber might be necessary. If the clog is still present after all efforts have been made to remove it, or if you feel uncomfortable attempting any of the DIY approaches mentioned here - don't hesitate to call on professional plumbers.

This is especially true if you believe hair clogs may be impacting your main sewer line, which can usually only be cleared by professional plumbers or a specialized drain cleaning company.

The experts at Neighborly Plumbing & Services are highly experienced in dealing with clogs and blockages, including those caused by hair. We serve the greater Salt Lake City area - including Sugar House, Millcreek, Park City and nearby locales - so just give us a call if you need help!

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