Ways To Remove Hair Clogs From Drains -- And Keep Them From Returning

Is your bathtub or shower drain constantly clogging up due to a buildup of hair? Your first instinct might be to go to the local hardware store and buy some chemical drain cleaner. But those products don't always work for drain cleaning and can actually cause damage to certain types of pipes. But there are other tools at the hardware store that can help you remove those hair clogs -- and keep clogs from returning in the future.

Textured Drain Cleaning Tool

There are a couple of different textured drain cleaning tools that can tackle most hair clogs. Both are long instruments designed to snake down into the drain and attack the hair clogs with the textures along the sides. But the tools differ in textures.

One is a rigid stick with soft spikes sticking up at angles off the sides. The spikes are somewhat widespread, allowing for better traction. When attacking a thick, dense clump of hair, these spikes can latch into the clump and help you pull it cleanly out of the drain. But the spread of the spikes means this tool works less well for finer build ups of hair.

And that's where the more flexible drain tool comes into play. This retractable coil has tiny hooks and loops across the entire surface. The closely packed, varying textures makes it easier to wrap around fine strands of hair and pull them out of the drain. 

The brand names of these products can vary, but if you head to the drain cleaning aisle, the tools should be easy to find.

Hair-Catching Drain Protector

If you don't want to have to keep cleaning hair clogs out of your drain, invest in a hair-catching drain protector. This device fits down into your shower or tub drain the same way a food catcher would fit into the kitchen sink. The protector has holes to allow water to pass through but enough surface area to catch hair as it tries to escape the same direction.

The drain protector is fairly easy to clean out if you do so immediately after showering or bathing, while there is still a bit of water around the drain. Use a cotton swab to swirl around in the protector to catch hold of wet fine hairs. Simply throw the cotton swab away once you're done cleaning. Spending a few seconds cleaning out a drain protector is a lot easier than having to clean the drain regularly.

For more tips about keeping your drains clear, contact a company like DBR Plumbing.