As per expert statistics, it is estimated that females lose around 50-100 hair strands each day. Besides the natural hair loss there are other rituals such as hair-washing, conditioning, oiling, scalp steaming, etc. that may lead to damage and breakage.
Due to all the aforementioned reasons, it is not uncommon to find the drain pores and pipes clogged with hair strands. Bathroom plugholes are overrun by hair very often. These grimy strands and other solid wastes mix together and form a very unpleasant sight. Cleaning the hair strands is an equally nasty and tedious process.
Although gross, it is necessary to clean the drain pipes once in a while to avoid choking, backing up, or blockage. There are several ways as to how hair you can get rid of hair out of the shower drain. One of the easiest and common ways to do it is to seek professional help. However, it may not be feasible at all times. This can be due to budget and time related constraints.
Hence, the second best option can be cleaning it manually, mechanically, or with the help of some quick home remedies. Professional cleaning services are fit when neither of these three work. Hair clogged drain pores can be cleaned at home using snaking tools, tweezers, plungers, commercial drain cleaners, and a lot more.
If you have come here looking for elaborate details about such solutions, we are willing to help you. So, here is how you can conveniently keep your drain pores spick, span, and free of grimy and icky hair strands. However, irrespective of whichever tool is being used, you may need to open the drain grating at the outset if at all it has one.
How To Open The Drain Grating
If your shower drain has a grating, you will need to open it in order to access the drain pipe. For doing this, you will need to untighten the screws on the alternate ends of the grating. This can be done with the help of a screwdriver. Place the screws aside separately and make sure that they do not fall into the holes of the grating. You may lose them altogether if they do.
Once you have done this, you will need to clean the hair stuck to the grating if any. This can be done with the help of tweezers or spare brush.
Dispose of the hair strands in a garbage bag or wherever you desire.
After following this procedure, you will have to start the cleaning process of the drain pipe.
Getting Rid Of Hair Out Of The Shower Drain
- Cleaning The Drain Using A Snaking Tool
Snaking tools are essentially like zip ties that can be inserted inside the drain. The tool has thorns on either ends that help the hair to stick to it. However, these thorns can be sharp and prick the user in the hands. Hence, it is imperative to be precautious while using them. For this very reason, a handle is attached at the end of the tool with which it can be handled safely. Snaking tools are easily available at a sanitary hardware store.
Now, in order to clean the drain, lodge the snaking tool down the drain pipe. Once you have done so, rotate the snaking tool at an angle inside the drain. For rotating the tool hold the handle between your thumb, index, and middle finger. Subsequently, the tool in upward direction. If the tool gets stuck inside the drain, move it up and down vigorously and it should come out. The hair inside the drain will stick to the tool.
Snaking tools are very cost effective and come in multiple units inside one packet. Hence, you may discard the used one altogether. Remember to not try and clean the tool with your bare hands as the thorns on it may prick and injure you.
After cleaning the drain with the snaking tool, remember to rinse the drain with warm water as it will clean all the grimy dirt, grease, and left over hair strands on the rim of the drain. Let the water pour down the drain for a minimum of 10 seconds.
In case an unexceptional amount of debris comes rising to the surface or you are not content with the cleaning, you can seek the help of professional cleaners.
- Installing Hair Traps and Grates Inside Drains
Installing a hair trap inside the drain pipe whether in the sink or on the floor of your washroom is the most durable solution. The only thing you need to learn is to install it correctly.
Hair traps are available in various shapes, sizes, variants, and materials. These apparatuses usually come with a set of jaali/grate and deep or shallow filters. You can choose one based on your convenience.
The advantage of a trap is that most of them do not need any tools for installation. So, to start the process open the packet and disassemble the trap set. Once that is done, take the filter and lodge it as the connecting element between the grate cover and the drain pipe. Then place the cover on the top of this apparatus with a depression.
Depending upon the customization of the grate, you may require some tools. For example, a few grate covers have to be closed with screws. However, they are also available with hinges, knob lids, and locks.
Besides trapping hair, such traps also trap solid waste and debris inside of them. In our opinion, hair traps are the easiest to clean. If you want to know how, please read the details below.
Cleaning The Hair Trap
The filters of the trap prevent the entry of hair strands and other debris in the drain pipe as it is. However, once the filter is full or if you detect any odor, it will require to be cleaned.
As mentioned above, doing so is extremely easy. If the grate of the trap is fixed with screws please follow the process shared above in this blog. Once done, extract the filter with help of an extractor (pliers, tweezers). Remove all the waste material from the filter and dispose it. If there is any residue remaining, clean it with the help of a brush, etc.
After doing this, remember to wash the filter and grate with help of a warm water and soap solution. Rub the insides of the filter with a spare brush. At the end of it all, pour down warm water in the drain for at least 10 minutes.
- Cleaning The Drain With Soda Bicarbonate And Vinegar Solution
Soda Bicarbonate which also goes by the name of baking soda is an extremely versatile kitchen staple. In fact it is so versatile that this same ingredient can be used to bake cakes as well as clean the grimiest and grossest of kitchen drains. It is a mineral compound that is a gift from mother nature to mankind. It can dissolve the harshest of mineral deposit, grease, and hair deposits and debris comes rising up to the surface. It can make almost any surface spick n’ span. Soda bicarbonate is also a disinfectant which fights any odor causing components.
Vinegar contains acetic acid. Just like soda bicarbonate it is an effective disinfectant that helps in killing germs. Mixed with soda bicarbonate it can do wonders.
For cleaning the drain with the solution, you will require warm water, pouring funnel, dish soap, soda bicarbonate and white vinegar.
Start the process with boiling the water. Once the water is heated, add sufficient amounts of dish soap to the same. Pour it down the drain. This step will help in getting rid of the stubborn grime and grease. Subsequently, place the funnel on top of the drain opening. Pour a generous amount of soda bicarbonate down the drain. After this, pour white vinegar into the drain directly and back off from the sink. An effervescent reaction will happen which will cause a lot of bubbling inside the drain. Leave the drain idle for a minimum of 5 minutes.
After this phenomenon, all the grime, dirt, and hair strands will rise up to the surface. Use any tool of your convenience to collect all of it and dispose safely.
Do not forget to pour water down the drain. Close the grating back in place.
- Using Chemical Enzymes For Cleaning The Drain
Enzyme drain cleaners are specifically targeted for cleaning the dirt and dissolving hair strands inside the drain pipes. Chemical enzyme based cleaners also contain disinfectants that will help you get rid of any foul stench from the drains.
However, there is one downside to using enzyme cleaners. Some of them contain toxic chemicals that may prove harmful if touched or inhaled. Also, you will have to go through the list of the ingredients to make sure that you get your hands on the cleaner that can actually dissolve hair. For instance, the ones containing caustic soda will help with dissolving dirt but, not hair. Hence, choosing an enzyme based drain cleaner can be a tedious task.
Anyway, if you are bent on using them, here is how the cleaning can be done:
Start with reading the instructions on the packaging of the cleaner. Please do not forget to wear a set of gloves. Also, wear any additional protective clothing and gear if the package instructs to do so.
Pour a stream of the chemical cleaner down the drain, slowly. Once that is done let the chemical sit for a minimum 2 hours or as instructed on the packaging. You may or may not open the grate of the drain as per your preference. For drains that are heavily clogged, the entire bottle should be used. For moderate to lightly clogged drains use quarter to half a bottle.
Lastly, if nothing seems to be working then the best option is to seek the help of professional cleaning service providers. Trained professionals will arrive at your home on a time and day of your choosing. The results of professional cleaning are effective and long-lasting.
We shall like to conclude by saying that as far as durability and cost effectiveness is concerned with regards to getting rid of hair strands out of the shower drain, our top choice is hair trap and grate. As these are made up of non-corrosive material they have a long shelf life. They are also very convenient to use. It is equally easy to clean the filters. Besides the hair strand they are also capable of trapping insects or letting them enter in your home through the drain.
At Chilly India, we manufacture and sell a variety of traps. Hair trap is one of our offerings. It can be customized according to your preference. The lid closures can be modified and so can be the depth of the filters.
So, stop putting yourself through unnecessary hassle and visit our website at www.chillyindia.com to buy a set of hair traps and grates.