So, how do you unclog hair from a drain?
If you’re like my kids, the thought of removing even one strand of hair from a clogged drain is so repugnant that you’ll ignore it for weeks, even months, as the water drains slower and slower…until it comes to a dead stop.
That’s when I finally hear their inevitable screech for help. And that’s why we bring you these two tips!
But unclogging the hair in your sink’s drain isn’t difficult and doesn’t have to be icky. Especially if you’re wearing rubber gloves and can keep in mind that it’s probably your own hair that you’re dealing with. In fact, it’s quick and easy with either one of our two methods.
The first tip is the least invasive technique for how to unclog hair from your sink’s drain. The second is not quite as easy but it’s not terribly complex and it is what we’d consider the ideal solution.
Option 1: The Drain Hair Snake Method
Kameron is using a flat plastic tool to unclog his drain, as you can see in the first portion of our video above. This handy plumbing tool is called a hair drain snake (or hair snake). They can be made out of plastic or metal. But the plastic will work fine for our purposes.
These hair snakes are durable, flexible and easy to use with household sinks and shower and tub drains. They can be found in lots of places, from Amazon and Walmart to your Home Depot, Lowe’s, or local hardware store. The cost of these hair snakes is usually $3-$7.
So, how do you use it to unclog the hair in your drain?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic drain hair snake (approximately 10-20” long)
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Paper towels
That’s it. Now, it’s time to do the dirty work. Let’s get started.
- Pull up your sink’s pop-up. That’s the drain lid that is in the up position when water is flowing freely or in a down (or closed) position when you need to keep water in the sink bowl.
- Slip the hair snake and slide it all the way into your sink drain, while keeping hold of the end.
- While the hair snake is still in the drain, move it around a bit; like you’re fishing for a lost ring or cleaning your plate with a piece of bread.
- Remove the hair snake. You’ll notice hair and other debris attached to the snake. Just use a paper towel to clean it off. Don’t be afraid to try this technique several times, or until not much else is coming up with the snake.
All done. I told you it was easy…and not too icky.
Option #2: A Good Old Fashioned Drain Clearing
Secondly, this is the drain unclogging method for those of you who are a bit more ambitious. If you think the first method is too fast and easy, try this option. And if you need convincing, this is the method we personally recommend for how to unclog hair from a drain.
The reason your drain is clogging with hair is that the pop-up, or drain stop, is catching the hair. There are many ways to clean hair from your drain, from a drain snake and chemicals to the vinegar and baking soda method, and more.
More so, our preferred method for how unclog hair from the drain in your sink is to remove the pop-up and discard the hair. Below are all the steps to eradicate hair from your drains.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Here’s what you’ll need to do (use the diagram below for reference):
- Unscrew the piece securing the metal rod to the drain stop, which connects the drain stop to the clevis strap.
- The star in the diagram below designates the piece to disconnect from the stopper.
- Disconnect the piece and slide the metal rod out.
- The stopper should now be able to be pulled up and out.
- Pull the drain stop out.
- Remove any hair attached to the stopper itself and any hair stuck to the insides of the drain.
- Once clean, reinsert the metal rod into the popup stopper.
In conclusion, removing hair from your drain isn’t as difficult as you may think it is. It’s actually really easy as long as you have the right tools.
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