You or someone in your household has long hair. The hair is constantly fighting the shower drain. If you are tired of dealing with a slow, well drained shower, we are here to help you.
Even if you do your best to catch the hair and stick it to the side of the shower stall to dispose of it after showering, despite all efforts, a drop of hair will always be channeled into the drain. The following tools are inexpensive and will help you to prevent and deal with the inevitable blockages.
A Good Hair Catcher: The TubShroom ($ 1
We have given the TubShroom in our article five $ 20 and less bathroom upgrades that you should buy now, for good reason. It's ridiculously good in terms of what it does.
When it comes to hair blockage, it's best to prevent your hair from getting into the drain at all. The design of TubShroom is great for preventing the hair from getting into the drain and preventing the water from draining during use.
Unlike most hair-catchers, it does not clog the hair and starts to fuse. The mushroom-like design keeps the hair from wrapping around the base, and the top keeps the drain open so you do not have to empty it while you take a shower. There is even a wide version for larger shower cubicle drains, which of course is referred to as ShowerShroom.
A Flexible Snake: The Cobra Zip-It ($ 6)
You may only think of run-offs in relation to the big ole-cable cable monsters that your plumber rips out to clean the main drain of your home. To clog a hair that is directly at the drain, a much lighter (and cheaper) tool is perfect.
The Cobra Zip-It is a 17 inch long flexible plastic rod with a pull ring and a narrow shaft with barbs on it. The idea is to insert the rod into the drain, where the barbs slide past the blockage, then shake it and pull it out again. The barbs dig into the blockage and the whole thing slips out. It works incredibly well, and over the years we have been plagued with numerous hair blockages.
Although the company calls Zip-It disposable, it's a long way off. Just take a paper towel and wipe the Zip-It from tip to handle to release the hair. We've been using the same Zip-It for almost ten years now, and apart from a single barb that breaks off at some point, the thing looks brand new.
By the way, do not let it go. We ordered a few to see if they had better value, and each one of them was made of plastic that was so soft that it was useless (they were hard to insert and the barbs were bent instead of in the back) To dig up constipation). Given the cost of the original product, there's no reason to spend $ 6 on a three pack garbage instead of $ 6 on the real deal. (If you shop at your local big-box store, the parent company is Brass Works and Cobra is a division of it, so look for the name on the label.)
A Good Plunger: OXO Good Grips ($ 23)
You probably already have a piston in your bathroom. Or not, maybe you fight against toilet tanks like a boxer with bare fingers – we do not judge that. If you do not have a piston yet, or if it is a dull model with some wear and tear, then you should definitely grab a nice model like this OXO Good Grips model.
You may never have considered dipping the drain in your bath or taking a shower before, but it's a really great way to clear constipation. Tufts of hair almost always occur directly on the trap or directly behind it (which is why the above-mentioned Zip-It works so well). If you do not have a zip-it or the clog is just out of reach, the simple mechanical action of a piston is far more effective than you might expect.
Just let the tub or shower tray fill with an inch or two of water, then plunge like a madman until the blockage is clear. For tubs, you should clamp an old, damped washcloth into the opening of the overflow drain to restrict the flow of air (otherwise much of the pressure will overflow the overflow and spill out the drain). Full Disclosure: This is a proven method that I never perform (and immersion still works great.)
Drain Cleaner: Dissolve Liquid Lump Remover by Green Gobbler ($ 12)
So far, our advice has focused on prevention and mechanical removal, as these are frankly the best and safest methods of dealing with hair in the bath and shower. It is far better to protect the hair from the drain and gently remove it than to throw out drain cleaners that can injure you or damage your piping. Let's face it here: if it can dissolve hair, it can probably dissolve you.
That is, if you need a drain cleaner to attack hair, or after removing the hair, simply rinse the lines for better drainage. Green Gobbler is a solid option. The cleanser is a proper blend of enzymes (as opposed to the pure sodium hydroxide you find in old stalls like Draino) that digests hair, skin oils, and other organic matter. Pour one of the pre-measured bottles (the $ 12 pack comes with two) into the drain and let it sit there for a few hours or overnight, depending on the severity of the blockage. Rinse over time (preferably with very hot water, such as a kettle of boiled water) and the dissolved hair and lather goes with you.