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Ways to Prevent Hair Clogs in Your Shower Drain

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A common cause for clogged shower drains is none other than hair build-up. A few strands is nothing to worry about, but a huge collection of fallen hair can become the source of a clogging disaster. Don’t underestimate hair build-up; learn how to prevent hair from clogging your shower drain.

Set-up a hair catcher

One of the best solutions in dealing with hair in shower drains is by installing a hair catcher. It’s usually installed on top of the shower drain in order to stop hair from getting into the drain. You can also use the hair catcher for your bathtub drain.

Some people think that once they’re finished placing the hair catcher, there’s no more maintenance to be done–and that they shouldn’t worry anymore about hair clogs in the future. This is completely false since the hair catcher needs to be manually cleaned frequently. The hair catcher may be able to collect hair and prevent it from clogging drain, but the collected hair should also be removed. A hair catcher that’s riddled with mounds of hair and debris is completely useless. Besides, you’ll only clean up the hair catcher once a week and it only takes a matter of minutes to clean.

Brush your hair before showering or bathing

Most hair that has fallen in the shower is loose hair. These hair breaks off when your washing, shampooing, or conditioning your hair. You can lessen the amount of loose hair by just brushing your hair thoroughly before showering or taking a bath. It’s a simple process yet it can have significant impact.

Leave bleach on the drain overnight

Bleach isn’t just effective in keeping hair off the drains but other debris as well. To put this method in full effect, just pour one cup of bleach in the drain overnight or before you go to sleep. It’s best to use chlorine bleach since it has fewer additives than any other bleach out there. In the morning or after you wake up, the smell of bleach is very much present. You can get rid of the odour by pouring hot water until it disappears. Be sure that the water isn’t boiling since it can easily destroy non-metal pipe linings. Pouring bleach and warm water every month is a great habit to keep hair and other debris from forming into your drain. Don’t do this method frequently since it has the potential to damage the drain pipes.

Use Enzymatic Drain Cleaners as a Preventive Solution

Enzymatic drain cleaners can be effective in preventing minor clogs from hair. This product can also be used in clearing out small obstructions in the drain although it’s not very effective in resolving major clogs. Between enzymatic and chemical cleaners, it’s better to use enzymatic since it’s more environment-friendly–even its container can be recycled. Chemical solutions may be more effective than enzymatic in preventing clogs but its caustic ingredients are too harmful to your health and can destroy structure of your pipe linings.