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Dec 10 2023

What Eats Through Hair in A Drain?

A clogged drain in the shower or bathroom sink can be a persistent and frustrating issue for any household, and it is often caused by the accumulation of hair and scum. Dealing with this problem promptly is essential in maintaining the efficiency of your plumbing system. In this brief article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing, we will explore some practical solutions to effectively break down and clear hair and scum buildup in your bathroom drains.

If you ever need a local plumber, just call Rooter Hero Plumbing. We are proud to offer a wide range of plumbing service, including drain cleaning and clogged drain line repair. Our team is on standby to take your call at any time of the day.

HOT Water

Using hot water is a simple yet effective method for clearing drains, particularly those clogged with grease and soap scum. Heat a kettle of water and carefully pour it down the drain, but make sure it’s not boiling hot. The heat helps melt and dislodge the accumulated substances, allowing them to flow more freely through the pipes.

While this method is generally safe for most pipes, exercise caution if you have PVC pipes, as boiling water can soften them. If in doubt, consult a professional plumber for guidance.

The Plumbing Auger, or Drain Snake

A plumbing snake, also known as a drain auger, is a plumber’s best friend. This device is designed to physically break apart and retrieve clogs that are resistant to other methods.

Insert the plumbing snake into the drain and turn the handle to navigate through the pipes. The snake's design allows it to latch onto and extract hair and other debris. This tool is readily available at hardware stores and is a worthwhile investment for persistent clogs.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Consider using a combination of baking soda followed by white vinegar. This method not only helps break down hair and scum but also serves as a gentle cleaner for your pipes.

Start by pouring a half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a half cup of white vinegar. You should hear fizzing. Allow the mixture to sit for 15-30 minutes, allowing the chemical reaction to take place. The effervescence produced by the combination will help break down the buildup. Finish by flushing the drain with hot water to wash away the dissolved debris.

Enzyme-Based Cleaners

We strongly advise against harsh chemical cleaners. Enzyme-based drain cleaners are a viable, more eco-friendly solution. These cleaners contain enzymes that target and break down organic matter, including hair and soap scum. Enzyme cleaners are generally safe for pipes and are a suitable choice for regular maintenance to prevent clogs from forming.

Enzyme cleaners work gradually, requiring some patience. However, their effectiveness in breaking down organic materials without the use of harsh chemicals makes them a preferred option for environmentally conscious homeowners.

Hire a Trained Plumber

When in doubt, employ the expertise of an experienced plumber. Residents in the area can call Rooter Hero Plumbing for reliable and affordable plumbing service and drain cleaning. We are happy to arrange an urgent dispatch or schedule an appointment for a more suitable time.

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