Do you ever think about how much hair goes down your shower drain? If you have short hair, you probably don’t give it a second thought. Those who have long hair, or who live with others with long hair know how easily it can clog a drain. Either way, lots of hair ends up in your septic tank, which can make it fill up faster. So how do you stop the hair before it becomes a problem? Read more of this post to find out!
Do Not Clear Hair Clogs with Chemicals if you Have a Septic System
A word of warning to those who have a septic system or a cesspool, you don’t want to use chemical-based drain openers or cleaners at all. Even a little bit can damage the bacteria you need to break down solid waste in your system. Instead, a hair snake (also known as a drain hook, hair hook, or similar names) can help to grab onto hair deep in your pipes so you can pull it out. They are inexpensive and using it before every shower will help keep your drain working efficiently. Of course, this only helps remove hair that’s already there. How can you stop hair from getting in the drain in the first place?
Invest in an Inexpensive Hair Catcher
The internet is full of products you can use to catch hair before it clogs up your drain or septic system. Most cost less than a bottle of nice shampoo. Keep the shape of your drain in mind, and you’re sure to find something that matches with a little bit of searching. Some even come with hair snakes, so if you don’t have one now, that’s a great way to clear your drain before you put the catcher on. Hair can take years to decompose, even in a healthy septic system, so paying a few bucks for a hair catcher now can save you a lot down the line.