Keep Long Hair Out of the Drain #longhairdontcare

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Lizzie Lau

Tips for preventing hair from clogging your shower and tub drains. Uncle Bill's Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating

Sometimes it seems like a lot more people live in this house. A lot more people with long blonde hair. I don’t discount the possibility that someone in the family is harboring a sasquatch or a giant shaggy dog in their room.  I swear blonde hair is magnetically attracted to black fabric and dark floor tiles. Or perhaps it is everywhere and only super evident in contrast. Whatever, there is a lot of hair and it’s not ALL mine.

One place our family works hard to control the errant strands is in the bathroom, specifically, the shower, tub and sink drain. It’s no fun dealing with clogs, and it’s super embarrassing when we have to have a plumber come in and pull what looks like a drowned kitten out of the tub drain. We don’t like the idea of pouring chemicals down the drain so we take a few preventative steps.

Here are my 3 tips to prevent hair clogs.

  • Always brush your hair before going in the shower or tub. We lose on average 100 hairs a day and if you don’t brush them out before you wash your hair you’re going to lose a good percentage of them down the drain.
  • When you’re washing your hair and you feel loose strands on your fingers, slap them up against the wall of the shower so they don’t go down the drain. It’s only gross for a minute, and if it helps prevent a clogged drain, it’s so worth it. Grab them and toss them in the trash bin after your shower.  Don’t panic, it always seems like more than it really is, especially when it’s long hair.
  • Buy a hair catcher to keep the strands that get away from you from going down the drain. You can get them on Amazon for about $5. It sits in your drain and easily emptied into the trash bin – not the toilet.

When Do You Call The Plumber?

You can find how to articles and youtube tutorials for just about everything you ever want to try, but when do you need to step back and let the experts take over?  If you’re not sure if you need to call a plumber or not, here is a great blog post: What Plumbers Actually Do and When to Call One.

When you have bathroom plumbing issues, like shower head leaks, cracked surfaces, low water pressure or no hot water, it’s definitely time to call in the experts at Uncle Bill’s Hillcrest Plumbing.

It can be tempting to dismiss annoying plumbing problems as trivial, but it can be a costly mistake. Especially cracks because they can lead to much more serious issues, like mold and mildew, and if left unchecked can cause damage to your home that will be expensive and disruptive to repair.

You can have an inspection and estimate for free from the Lower Mainland’s most trusted plumbing, drainage, and heating experts, so don’t hesitate. Uncle Bill’s Hillcrest Plumbing offers same day service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This post has been sponsored by Uncle Bill’s Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating. I have been compensated for the post, but the opinions are my own.

2 thoughts on “Keep Long Hair Out of the Drain #longhairdontcare”

  1. Dear Lizzie,
    This is so great! They are wonderful inspiration!I echo your tips on preventing hair clogs.I just shared a super simple set of braid tutorials on my blog recently! Great minds! (although you’re obviously much more pro!). Honestly,it’s no fun dealing with clogs, and it’s super embarrassing when we have to have a plumber come in and pull what looks like a drowned kitten out of the tub drain.Additionally, I think the idea of embracing the usage of vaccum for long hair is equally vital, believe me, it works wonders.
    Best Regards.
    Tom Judas.

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