Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

How To Remove A Hair Clog From Your Pipes

by Alexa Kim

At some point, you will likely have to deal with a clog in your home's plumbing. Hair is one of the most common causes of drain clogs. Over time, hair builds up and forms clumps that slow drains and prevents water from moving through the pipes. The following are a few things you can do to remove a hair clog in your plumbing:

Use a Plunger

The first step to remove the hair clog is plunging. You can use a standard toilet plunger on the drain to help loosen the clog. The hair will either disengage and continue into your sewer system or will rise to the top where you can remove it yourself.

Remove the Hair by Hand

If you can see the hair clog in your pipes, you can try to remove it yourself. The best way to do this safely is with tweezers or needle-nose pliers. Because hair is stringy, it can be more difficult to remove completely with a plunger. To get the hair clog out, you first need to remove the drain cover if you have one. Using a flashlight, shine light into the pipe and locate the hair. Grab the hair clog with your tool and throw it into a trash can. Be sure to wear a pair of disposable gloves as this can be a messy process. Once you have removed the bulk of the clog, run some hot water down the drain to help remove any hair you may have missed.

Remove the P-Trap

For more severe clogs, you may have to remove the entire drain to access it. This is possible when the clog is in a sink. The p-trap is located under the sink. This u-shaped pipe can be unscrewed and cleaned out. You will need to place a bucket under the pipes in case any residual water or residue comes out while the p-trap is removed. Only take this step if you are familiar with your home's plumbing and have confidence you know what you are doing.

Call a Professional

If you still have a hair clog and your efforts have not been successful, the best option is to call a plumber for a professional drain cleaning. A plumber has the required tools and expertise to locate the clog and carefully remove it without causing damage to your plumbing. The plumber may need to clean the drain using a plumber's snake or with high-powered jets to remove the hair.

Contact a drain cleaning company for more information.


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Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.