Hair can be one the main causes of drain back-ups in the bathroom, in both the sink and tub. It can be even more of a problem if you have long hair, pets, or multiple people using a single bathroom. The following tips can help you prevent clogs and provide you with the knowledge to remedy the problem if a hair clog still occurs.
Tip #1: Invest In a Drain Cover
Most drains come with a plug, which pops up when it's not in use. The bottom of this plug may be fluted or have a chain attached, which can trap hair. A simple drain cover, also called a drain trap, is the ideal solution. You have three basic designs to choose from, but they all resemble mesh strainers in some way. The convex models are designed to sit over pop-up plugs, and they may suction down so they don't shift. Flat models sit over those with flat drain covers, and concave types have a bowl that sits inside an open drain hole. You must remove all three types and remove the hair for disposal regularly.
Tip #2: Keep Soap Scum Under Control
Hair is more likely to form a clog in the drain if there is sticky soap scum present to mat it into a ball. Regular drain cleanings can prevent this from building up. Skip the chemical cleaners, though, and opt for just plain water. Bring a tea kettle of water to a rolling boil and then pour it down the drain. The boiling water usually breaks down and rinses away any soap scum. Repeating this once a week is sufficient for most bathroom drains. Run the hot water tap down the drain for a few minutes to rinse away any remaining scum before it cools and hardens again.
Tip #3: Keep a Quick Cleaning Tool Handy
There are a variety of hair snakes on the market. Most consist of a flexible plastic stick with teeth running up both sides, and a handle at the top. You insert the plastic rod into the drain, twist it around, and then pull it out. The teeth grab onto any hair or debris and pull it out of the drain. No need to use a larger plumber's snake. These tools are sometimes reusable once cleaned, while others are meant to be disposed of and replaced.
Tip #4: Learn to Clean the Trap
In the case of the bathroom sink, most hair clogs form in the trap. If you look under the sink, you will see the curved drain pipe. This pipe is also called the P-trap because it resembles the letter by the same name. Place a bucket under the pipe. Locate the attachment areas on either side of the trap, and then use a plumber's wrench to loosen them so you can remove the trap. You will likely find a lot of gunk and hair in the curve. Remove this and then rinse out the pipe in another sink – being careful to use a drain cover so you don't clog the other sink. Replace the pipe and tighten the attachments. Run the water for a few minutes before removing the bucket to make sure the trap is installed properly so there are no leaks.
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8 January 2016
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