Tips For Cleaning Hair Out Of A Shower Drain
If you have long hair or if anyone in your family has long hair, there's a good chance that you're going to notice that there's a lot of hair in your shower's drain. This can be frustrating because it can make the water in the tub drain more slowly. Here are some tips for cleaning hair out of your drain.
1. Clean Out the Drain Manually
Your first step is to get rid of all of the hair that you can manually. Be sure that you are wearing some sort of plastic gloves in order to protect your fingers against anything sharp that may have gone down the drain. Have your wastebasket next to you and simply deposit any clumps of hair that you can reach with your fingers into it. If there is a strainer over your drain, you need to remove it in order to increase the efficacy of using your fingers to get rid of everything slightly beyond the surface of the drain.
2. Use Wire
Your next step, once you've gotten out everything that you can with your fingers, is to go a little bit deeper to where your fingers can't reach. To do this, use a wire hanger and straighten out its hook so that you have a long, strong piece of wire. Make a smaller hook at the end of this wire. Then, insert the hanger into the drain. The hook should grab up any hair that is beyond the area where your fingers can reach. After you pull the hanger back up, remove whatever it managed to grab and throw it in the trash. Reinsert the hanger hook and do the entire process again. Try to do this until your makeshift hanger hook is not bringing anything else up. Twisting while you remove the hanger will help you get more of the clumps out.
3. Dissolve the Rest
Finally, mix one part water with one part lemon juice. Add one or two tablespoons of baking soda to the solution and pour it down the drain. This will help you dissolve any gunk that you couldn't reach or that is stuck to the walls, further cleaning out the drain and making your water drain more quickly. If you don't have any lemon juice, white vinegar will work just as well.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in helping people clear their drains, such as Hilmans Plumbing. They will have tools that can get the most stubborn clumps out of your drain.