Hair in the shower drain is a common challenge for Portland OR households. Humans generally shed between 50 and 200 strands of hair per day, and as the scalp is agitated during the shower, it makes sense that much of that loss would occur during this particular bathroom activity. The shape and natural properties of hair make it particularly well suited to becoming tangled in your drain. First of all, hair naturally swells in water, making it more of an obstacle, and once it gets caught, the twists and curls allow it to continue looping around itself. It then creates a surface ideal for accumulating grime and soap scum, building up layer after layer until becoming almost impenetrable.
When faced with such a situation, many homeowners immediately reach for the chemical drain cleaner. However, such products are often extremely corrosive and can cause irreparable damage to your plumbing. An expert plumber can accurately assess the extent of the issue and employ the appropriate fix. There are also a few things you can attempt before calling in for professional help.
Flush Your Pipes
Filling all your sinks and tubs with hot water and letting them drain at the same time forces a large amount of it down your drains all at once, and that weight is often effective in breaking up clogs.
Try Natural Drain Cleaners
Mixing baking soda and vinegar and pouring it down your drain, followed by a rinse with boiling water, can often help to break down the gunk stuck in your pipes.
Try a Plunger
Plungers are good for dislodging all sorts of clogs and can dislodge clumps of hair trapped in your drain.
If, after trying these methods, the clog is still persistent, it may be time to call in a plumber. At Columbia Drain, we are prepared to thoroughly handle clogs of all sizes without any negative impacts on your pipes.