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Picture this: you step into a hot shower, ready to relax and unwind after a long day, only to find yourself ankle-deep in standing water due to a clogged drain. It's a scenario many of us have experienced, and often, the culprit is none other than hair.

In this brief article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we want to highlight the risks of drain clogs and the value of well-maintained shower drains; and we want to share practical methods for removing hair from shower drains.

If you’d rather have a trained plumber deal with the drains, then call Mr. Rooter to hire a uniformed professional today. We offer a wide range of plumbing service, from installations and maintenance to repairs and replacements. Call Mr. Rooter any time!

Drain clogs are more than meet the eye

A well-maintained shower drain is a silent hero, quietly supporting our hygiene by eliminating standing water. Sometimes that drainage can slow down due to blockages in the drain line. This can be frustrating at the least.

Drain clogs are more than just an inconvenience though – they can lead to a host of problems if left unaddressed. Standing water in showers not only disrupts your bathing routine but can also create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Plus, clogs put a strain on your plumbing system and can cause backups and water damage over time. Regular maintenance and hair removal from shower drains are key to preventing these issues.

What you’ll need

Before getting into hair removal techniques, we need to gather essential tools. You'll need gloves for hand protection, a flashlight for visibility, a pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers for manual removal, a drain snake or auger for deeper clogs, and a drain cleaning solution for maintenance.

Let’s get started on removing hair in shower drains

Start by donning your gloves. Then, remove the drain cover or stopper to access the drain. Use a flashlight to inspect the drain and identify the hair clog.

If the clog is near the surface, use tweezers or pliers to gently pull out the hair strands. For deeper clogs, employ a drain snake or auger to dislodge the hair. Follow up with a drain cleaning solution to ensure thorough maintenance.

Yep, it’s as simple as that! The only thing keeping most property owners from doing this is time and effort – oh, and the repugnance of dealing with stinky, wet hair.

Preventing this issue in the first place

To prevent future hair clogs, consider installing a drain cover or hair catcher that traps hair before it enters the drain. Clean the drain cover regularly to remove accumulated hair and debris. Use a safe drain cleaning solution periodically to maintain optimal drainage and prevent buildup.

When to call a plumber

Removing hair and minor obstructions in the drain line can be done by most property owners, but some jobs are best left to a plumber. If drain lines are leaking, or if you notice water stains on walls and ceilings, then give Mr. Rooter a call.

We are an insured and established company with decades of experience delivering professional plumbing repair service. Our uniformed plumbers are courteous and respectful of your time and space, and they are equipped and trained to handle a wide range of services – from clogged drain line repair to replacements and new installations.

Jun 25, 2024

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