August 24, 2020 - DIY Plumbing
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Video Chat a Pro is a video chat platform that connects people doing any repairs, installations, or DIY projects with licensed tradesmen via live video chat through their smartphone. Without having to install an app or download any program, anyone with a smartphone can get advice in real-time from a skilled professional.
This feature can give you access to advice specific to your situation and the tools you have available at your disposal. Video Chat a Pro’s DIY video chat feature also allows users to save money on at-home work by doing the work themselves with the guidance of a skilled tradesman. People can now learn a new skill with confidence and keep strangers out of their homes while saving money.
So now that you know you have instant access to a licensed plumber via live video chat, let’s talk about how to dissolve hair in a shower drain with some things you might be able to find around the house, and if not, at your local grocery store or drug store.
Hair clogging your bathtub drain is an unavoidable part of life! As you shower, dirt, hair, dead skin, soap scum, shaving gel and anything else can get washed down your shower drain. The hair can get knotted around the drain and the rest can clump up and collect together, slowly clogging your drain up. In this blog post, we’ll talk about ways to unclog that shower or bathtub drain by dissolving the hair.
The first method requires two ingredients you may have sitting around in your kitchen: baking soda and vinegar. According to Art Plumbing and AC in their article How to Clear Your Clogged Shower Drain:
“How to Dissolve Hair in Shower Drain?
Combining baking soda and vinegar is a natural way to dissolve hair clogs, without resorting to harsh chemicals. Pour a cup of baking soda down the clogged drain first, and then after a few minutes add a cup of vinegar.”
Combining the baking soda and vinegar will cause a fizzing in your drain, don’t worry, this is supposed to happen. You can either combine them together first and then pour the mixture down the drain or pour the baking soda first and then the vinegar right after. When the fizzing stops, pour some boiling water - about half a gallon - down the drain to flush it down. If this doesn’t do the trick after 15 minutes, feel free to try it again.
This method is great to try next if the Baking Soda and Vinegar method didn’t end up resolving the problem. When using baking soda and salt, mix them together in a 2:1 ratio of baking soda to salt. Use about a cup or two total. Then all you have to do is pour the combination down the drain and let it sit overnight. As the mixture dissolves the hair, you might hear some fizzing. This is normal.
The next day, just boil a few cups of water and wash it all down the drain.
While this method is less safe or natural than the previous two, it still is a great way to dissolve hair in a shower drain with something you might have lying around the house. This method is probably best to use if nothing else has worked, or if there’s standing water in your bathtub or shower.
Drano and other pipe cleaners are designed to be heavier than water, so they float down the drain and work their magic whether or not there’s standing water in the tub. However, when using Drano or any other pipe cleaners, it’s important to remember to be safe. These are dangerous, toxic chemicals.
Another chemical you can use to dissolve any hair stuck in your shower drain is bleach. However, unlike Drano or other drain cleaning chemicals, bleach won’t be too helpful if the drain is clogged and there’s standing water.
Bleach is great for dissolving hair because it is on the basic side of the pH scale and hair is on the acidic side. Since bleach has a much stronger pH, it dissolves the hair in a neutralization reaction. But just like when using Drano or other drain cleaners, when you’re using bleach it’s very important to remember to be safe. Wear gloves and eye protection. Even remember to rinse off any metal surfaces near the drain with a little bit of water after you use the bleach to prevent any corrosion.
Just like the baking soda and vinegar method, you can try pouring some bleach down the drain a few times to dissolve the hair. Unfortunately, this method might not take care of some of the other stuff that’s stuck down there, so if you’re still having some troubles with a clogged drain, check out our blog post about How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain.
A pipe snake, also known as a drain snake or plumber’s snake, is a tool specifically designed to remove hair from drains. While it might not be the same as dissolving the hair in your shower drain, using a pipe snake is a great way to solve the problem. If you don’t have a pipe snake available, you can make a similar tool out of a wire coat hanger. Simply straighten it out and then bend one end into a hook so you can maneuver it down your drain and pull out any knotted up hair.
If you don’t happen to have a pipe snake around and the bent wire hanger method didn’t work, you might have something besides hair that’s clogging your drain. Using a plunger can help to loosen things up and possibly unclog your drain. Try placing the plunger over the drain and then running some water so the seal of the plunger is air-tight when plunging.
If none of these methods worked, you might have something besides hair that’s clogging your shower drain or causing your bathtub to drain slowly.
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