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How to Prevent Hair from Clogging Your Drains

Plumber holding a thumbs up after fixing a sinkHair is the Achilles Heel of your drains! When hair enters your drains, it usually doesn’t pass through to the sewer. Instead, it gets stuck, along with all the soap scum, grease, and other debris unfortunate enough to make it down the drain. This forms a mass that gradually gets bigger, collecting more hair, more grease, and more debris. Eventually, an obstruction is formed that is big enough to stop all functionality of your drains. Clogs are problematic because they prevent your drains from doing their job. Hair is one of the number one things that does not belong in your drains. So how can you prevent hair from clogging your drains? Here are some tips.

Don’t Put Hair Down the Drain

This should go without saying, however, hair is often disposed of incorrectly. We are talking about excess hair from your brush or comb or the hair clippings from your haircut or shaving. These often get discarded by flushing or rinsing down the drain, which will eventually cause a clog. When you clean your brushes or combs, or get a haircut or trim your beard, keep the hair out of the drain and put it in the trash can where it belongs.

Watch What Else Goes Down the Drain

Hair isn’t the only culprit of clogs. Like we just mentioned it is a joint effort from grease, soap scum, and other debris. The fewer repeat offenders that make it down the drain the better. Make sure all grease and table scraps go in the trash can, as well as trash and other foreign objects. Drains are meant to remove water and human waste only. Just because you have a garbage disposal, does not mean you should treat it like a trash can.

Invest in Screens

Drain screenOne of the easiest ways to prevent hair from clogging your drains is to invest in screens for all of your drains. This is a quick and inexpensive fix, that can prevent future clogs and save you money on future repairs. Install screens on all shower, tub, and sink drains.

Regular Drain Cleaning

Regular drain cleaning is a great way to stay on top of your plumbing maintenance. By having your drains cleaned at regular intervals, you prevent hair from clogging your drains, which stops major clogs in their tracks. Regular drain cleaning also helps improve the functionality of your drains by removing the grim that naturally builds up over time. And by being protective, you prevent expensive repairs and unnecessary damage.

Hair clogs are a nasty thing that can wreak a lot of havoc on your drains. Not to mention, the water damage that can occur from a clogged drain. Fortunately, hair clogs are 100% preventable. For more plumbing tips or to schedule your drain cleaning contact Courtesy Plumbing today!