A mess of hair in your shower or bathtub drain is disgusting and is never fun to get rid of. However, there are a few easy things you can do to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Start with a clean, clog-free drain. Then, use a hair-catching drain insert, which can be found at a hardware store. It is a plastic or a rubber insert that has tiny holes in it, and sits on top of your drain. This will catch a majority of the hair, or any other debris, before it goes down the drain to start a clog. To remove the hair, just remove the insert and throw the hair away, and replace the clean insert over the drain.
Some showers or tubs may have a metal catcher screwed on over the drain. Clean this regularly. If you are still experiencing clogs with this installed, you may want to remove it and use a plastic insert with smaller holes.
Another tip: don’t use the bathtub as a place to wash your dog. Instead use the hose outside. If it’s necessary to use the bathtub, utilize the drain insert, and brush your furry friend before plopping him in the tub.
It will also help to pour boiling water down the tub drain periodically. This will dissolve any hair that made it past the insert or anything else that might cause a clog down the road.
If you have a pop up stopper over the drain, it should be removed and cleaned every few weeks to remove hair or any debris.
Following these simple tricks will result in much less hassle when it comes to keeping a clear drain in your tub or shower. Maintaining a clear drain pipe also means no more harsh chemicals to purchase and use in the home.
(Flickr Photo by David Blackwell)