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3 Simple Ways to Remove a Hair Clog

Woman in housecoat combing hair in bathroom

It’s easy to take the functioning of our plumbing for granted, whether it’s our shower or the bathroom sink. That’s why it can be such a pain to have to worry about how to remove a hair clog! 

After all, even a small clog can get in the way of the daily workings of your house so it’s important to have a few options for clearing your drains quickly.

Before you pull out the harsh chemicals that can damage your plumbing and harm the environment, try the following techniques. If these tips don’t do the trick, reach out to the expert team at Plumbing Squad and we will have your water flowing smoothly again in no time!

1. Flush with Boiling Water

It might sound simple, but a bit of hot water can be an easy fix for removing a hair clog in the drain.

Instead of using harsh chemicals, try boiling a pot of water on the stove. Once it’s at full boil, pour it down the shower or sink drain at a steady pace. Wait a few seconds and then test out your faucet to see if the water is draining as it should.

Be sure you’ve removed some of the water if you’re trying this with your toilet. Too much water can lead to an overflow if it doesn’t drain properly.  

Bowl of baking soda with spoon to remove a hair clog

2. Add Baking Soda & Vinegar

Most people have baking soda and vinegar somewhere in their kitchen cabinets. Fortunately, they can be a great homemade remedy for clearing simple hair clogs.

Start by pouring a cup of baking soda directly into the drain. Wait a few minutes, then pour a cup of vinegar and let the mixture sit for a couple of hours. The combination will slowly break up the hair and hopefully make it easier to clear.

Once you’ve waited, you may even want to follow up with some boiling water for added emphasis. It will also help clear your drain of any leftover baking soda and vinegar.

Woman plunging sink to remove a hair clog

3. Pull Out the Plunger

If you’re dealing with a drain large enough for plunging action, give it a go. A plunger can be the best option when it comes to more embedded clogs.

Whether you’re dealing with your toilet or shower drain, ensure that the surface around the drain is somewhat wet. This will help you to get suction so the plunger can create proper suction.

Be sure to plunge in a slow, purposeful motion and not too vigorously when you’re trying to remove a hair clog. Keep in mind that if you’re having to pull out the plunger a lot, it may be time to replace your toilet or call in a professional plumber to address a potentially deeper issue.  

Contact the Professionals!

A minor clog in one of your drains can often be an easy fix. However, if the above methods don’t work, you may want to call in the professionals instead. An experienced plumber will be able to assess the situation and fix it quickly without damaging your plumbing system or drains!

If you’re in need of help to remove a hair clog, contact the professionals at Plumbing Squad at (866) 324-9553 or send us a message on our website.

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