It is natural and normal to lose a hundred strands of hair daily. But it’s quite bothersome to look at the fallen hair collected in the shower drain. Unfortunately, there’s no escaping this bitter reality that plagues every single household.
While removing the drain cover completely may appear to be a quick fix from the daily hassle of removing hair, this is not an advisable solution. Letting in hair and other stuff down the drain can cause serious clogs.
Have you already resorted to such short cuts? Are you facing major drainage issues as a consequence? Under such circumstances, you’ll need the help of an experienced plumber to sort them out. If you’re based in Indianapolis, you can call for zero-contact plumbing support.
If you are tired of cleaning the hair covered shower drain and looking for some innovative solutions, you’ve hit the right page. We have some great tips for removing hair from the shower drain without really having to pick it up.
Use a Wire Hanger
This is an effective and convenient tool (just like all the rest of our solutions). It works especially well for chunks of hair that have formed a net and lodged deep down in the drain.
You’ll need to put in some effort into straightening the hanger so that it can go further down the drain. Let the curved part remain as it is so that it can serve as a hook. The straightened hanger works like an auger or drain snake.
Once you have the set up ready, all you’ve got to do is to let the hanger down the drain, claw into the mesh of hair and pull it out.
Get Your Tweezers Out
Removing hair from the drain may become a daily chore if there are quite a few people using the shower (of course the daily load of fallen hair would be a lot more). For whatever reason, if your drain cover gets frequently jammed with hair, you can get the tweezers to duty.
You can just catch the bunch of hair in the drain plug with the tweezers and pull it out. You may have to get a bit closer to the drain to get the dirty work done, but it is way better than picking out the hair with your hands.
You could also try some homemade drain cleaners for unclogging shower drains. One simple recipe is mixing equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar (half a cup each) and pouring the mixture down the drain. The solution will dissolve much of the grime and hair blocking the drain.
After an hour, follow up with flushing some hot water in the drain. This will dislodge the clog and allow the free flow of water.
We always recommend the plunger for difficult clogs and shower drains blocked with hair are no exception.
Use the plunger to create a seal over the drain. It would be easier if you could get the drain cover out of the way, but if you can’t that’s okay too. Once the drain is sealed, use a plunging motion to create pressure in the drain. This will dislodge the clog and you can pull it out if the drain cover was removed. Otherwise, you can just pour some water down the drain and let the blockage flush.
Get a Hair Snake
A hair snake is another cheap tool specially designed for removing hair from shower drains. Anyone who has tried a hair snake has stopped complaining about removing hair from the drain.
The hair snake may not be very effective, since it doesn’t catch all the hair in one go. But nevertheless, it works fine for setting the drain free in an instant.