How to Get Hair Out of a Drain

Do you currently have a clogged sink or shower drain and the culprit is likely from hair accumulating in the drain? We tend to see this issue a lot! Below, we’ll talk about two different ways you can use items around your house to help relieve your drains of clogs and go back to using your sink and shower without issue!

Alternate Baking Soda and Vinegar and Plunging

For this method, you’ll need grease-fighting dish soap, a cup of baking soda, a cup of vinegar, and the ability to boil water.

First, squirt some grease-fighting dish soap down the drain. Immediately following the soap, add a cup of baking soda. As you do this, be careful to steer the baking soda down the drain. Do this step slowly to ensure the most baking soda possible coats the drain. Next, you’ll want to pour the vinegar down the drain. As a result of this combination down the drain, some fizzing should start taking place.

Once the fizzing dies down, wait approximately five minutes and boil some water. As soon as the water boils, remove it from your stovetop and carefully pour it down the drain to flush it. The fizzing baking soda, soap, and vinegar mixture help to break up the hair and the water helps flush the drain. Now, start plunging. Run some water down the drain and plunge using your cup plunger as if you were trying to remove a typical clog. If the hair clog has been building for quite some time or is stubborn, you may need to repeat the same process multiple times.

Use Tweezers or Needle Nose Pliers

For this method, you’ll need a screwdriver, rubber gloves, flashlight, and tweezers or needle-nose pliers. First, you’ll want to remove the drain stopper on your drain. Depending on the type of drain stopper you have, you might be able to pry it without issue or you may need a screwdriver.

Once you remove the stopper, you should have a clear opening into the drain below. Shine your flashlight into the drain and you should be able to see the culprit. Put on your gloves and use your needle-nose pliers to pull out hair and any other gunk that has accumulated. If your tweezers or needle-nose pliers don’t reach, you can try creating a makeshift snake out of a wire clothes hanger. Once the clump is removed, run some hot water to ensure the drain is finally cleared and working properly.

Still Have a Clog?

If these two methods didn’t work for your drain, you might have a more stubborn clog. Never fear, our team can help you fix any clogs and get your drains working once again. If you need assistance, our team of professionals is happy to help. Give us a call at (336) 788-3966 the next time you find yourself with a stubborn clog.

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