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How to Prevent Hair Clogs

Human or animal hair can form a clog that prevents water from draining properly down your pipes. To keep hair clogs from forming, start by installing a small mesh screen over any drains. Removing any excess hair by brushing before showering or bathing can also help. To flush the drain, on a weekly basis do a hot water, baking soda, or salt rinse. Only use heavy chemical cleaners as a last resort. If you still struggle with problematic clogs, call in a plumber for extra assistance.

 

Here are some tips that can help prevent hair clogs :

 

1 Install an over-the-top drain screen. This is a piece of metal mesh that can be purchased at a local hardware store and that will fit directly over your current drain opening. It will trap any extra soap scum, hair, or other debris, keeping it from going down the drain.

 

2 Install an underneath drain screen. This type of metal screen hangs in the middle of the pipe below your drain opening and is not easily visible from above. To install it you will first need to loosen and remove any current drain covers by either removing their fastener screws or rotating them until they come free.

 

3 Place a kitchen strainer over the drain. Grab a small metal mesh culinary strainer and position it directly on top of the drain. You may need to hold it in place with a bit of plumber’s putty or even your hand, as it may slide around a bit when water hits it. Remove the strainer and clean after each use to prevent hair accumulation.

 

4 Brush your hair beforehand. Standing outside of the shower area, take a hairbrush and go through your hair a few times. Gather any loose hairs in your hands and throw them away before stepping into the shower. This will minimize the number of hairs that may fall out and clog your drain.

 

5 Gather any loose hair mid-showering. As you run your hands through your wet hair, place the hair strands that end up on your hands on the wall or the shower ledge.

 

Livingston Gardens Apartments

North Brunswick, NJ

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