No matter how hard you try it is likely that hair will go down your plughole. You may not realize it but the average person sheds between fifty and one hundred hairs per day. Some of these are on the floor, your clothes, and even your furnishings. Others go down the plughole.
The problem is that hair in your plughole can start to form a clog. This is even more likely if you use soap. The tiny soap particles stick to the hair and get caught in the pipes, rapidly creating a clog in your pipes. You’re then going to need a good Sydney plumber to remove the clog and clear the pipes for you.
That’s why it’s essential that you learn the best techniques for eliminating hair in your drains, you don’t want clogged pipes.
You can add a small filter that sits in your plughole and only allows water through. The filter will catch any other debris, including hairs.
Unfortunately, this means that the filter will need to be emptied into a bin after you’ve used the sink or shower. If you don’t the hair will build up in the filter and prevent the water from draining.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is an old technique but one that really does work. It should be noted that is a more natural approach than chemical drain cleaners. Chemical cleaners are caustic and can seriously damage the inside of your pipes. If you use them too much you’ll find they can weaken the pipes and even cause them to rupture.
With baking soda and vinegar, you have the same effect but it’s more natural. Simply place half a cup of baking soda into your drain and leave it to settle for five to ten minutes. Then, add a cup of vinegar and leave the two compounds to work. They react with each other and effectively blow the clog apart. This allows the debris, including hair, to move down the drain and into the sewers.
It’s a good idea to pour boiling water down the drain fifteen minutes after adding the vinegar. It will help to wash the debris away.
If the hair is sat around the plughole or just underneath it then tweezers can be a great way to eliminate it. Simply remove the plughole, it will either lift off or unscrew. You can then use the tweezers to grab the hair in the drain and put it in the bin.
If you have a wire coat hanger this can be as effective as tweezers. You’ll need to adopt the same approach but it works well if the clog is a little further in the pipes and out of sight. Create a hook at the end of the metal and fish around in your plughole, you’ll pull out the hair and other debris.
This is a more extreme method and doesn’t always work but it is a good idea if the hair is a little further down the pipes. You’ll want to place the suction pipe over the drain and see what comes out. Remember that water sits in the trap under the plughole, it’s advisable to use a vacuum capable of dealing with water.
Of course, if you’re still struggling or have any doubts, step back and get the professionals to deal with it for you.