Clogged Shower Drain Prevention
May 04, 2023
Both men and women alike are often aggravated by the presence of hair in their shower.
It is normal for both sexes to experience some degree of hair loss during their lives which can quickly cause a shower drain clog issue.
Even though women get most of the blame, the trend of long beards and man buns increase the chances of a clogged shower drain.
Cue the drain mascot (trained by Smoky Bear):
Instead of dealing with a clogged shower drain, consider preventing the issue altogether by following the tips below.
(1) Purchase a hair catcher:
Simple enough right? Place a hair catcher over the shower drain. After each shower, you can remove the hair from the catcher and throw it in the trash. These devices are sold at most supermarkets and hardware stores.
(2) Place several rags in front of the drain:
About an inch or two before the drain, you can place one or two rags that will act as a homemade hair catcher. They will allow water to pass down the drain as intended and prevent blockages from falling hair. Then, after your shower, you can do the same as you would with the catcher, gather the rags and throw the excess hair into the garbage can.
(3) Collect hair with your fingers:
When you are washing your hair, you will probably notice several loose strands collected on your fingertips. It is best to avoid washing these hairs with the water, as most people do, because this will cause a blockage in your drain. Instead, simply throw the loose hairs into the trash using a paper towel.
(4) Wash pets outside or use a quality hair catcher:
Our pets are like our kids, and we want them to look and smell clean too.
Do You Have a Clogged Shower Drain?
Too late for prevention?
If you are already experiencing a clogged drain, then you can try the following tips to solve the issue:
(1) Create a hook with a metal hanger:
Bend a hanger and use it to collect the hair in your drain. Place the recovered hair onto a paper towel and toss them away. Although this method is time-intensive, it is quite effective.
(2) Use your fingers:
Your fingers are a natural hook, and you can easily scoop the hair out using them. This can be a little disgusting, so only do this if you can handle it. Also, be sure to properly clean your hands afterwards.
(3) Hot water in the drain:
After using the above methods, you can pour (or run) hot water down the drain to wash out the remaining hair.
Drain cleaning can get costly, depending on the type of clog.
Last Updated: September 18, 2023