Is your sink drain clogged with hair? This can be one of the most annoying plumbing issues that a homeowner or renter can have with their bathroom sink. There’s so much that goes on while standing over the sink in the bathroom, including shaving, brushing, and tweezing. Solution Based Plumbing, Heating, and A/C offers some easy tips for fixing a bathroom sink that has clogged because of hair.
Sink Drain Clogged with Hair? 5 Simple Tips
A slow-draining bathroom sink can really hold up your busy mornings, so it’s important to clear clogs quickly and effectively. Below, you will find five simple tips for cleaning out a bathroom sink drain that has become clogged with hair.
- Use a plunger: You can try to use a plunger to open up the clog. Fill the sink with enough water to submerge the bowl of the plunger, and begin plunging the drain with as much force as possible. The suction should be able to loosen up the hair and release the clog. This method will only work if the shape of your sink basin allows the plunger to create suction.
- Use a snake: If the standing water is still having trouble draining, you should use a snake or other tool, such as a drain stick, to remove hair that may be stuck in the drain. Tools like these are intended to grab ahold of clumps of hair so they can be pulled out.
- Check the P-trap: If the water still will not drain, you should check the P-trap. The P-trap is the curved part of the pipe located underneath the sink. Place a bucket under the P-trap, unscrew the pipe, and remove any hair or debris. Clean the trap with a bottle brush and run the water briefly with the trap open and the bucket still in place.
- Remove the cap: Does the drain have a pop-up cap or drain stopper? There may be hair wrapped around the plunger. Cleaning it will depend on what kind of stopper you have. It may be as simple as pulling it upwards to remove it. If the stopper doesn’t pull up, you will have to look underneath the sink. Locate and remove the nut attached to the pivot rod that operates the stopper. This should allow you to pull out the rod and clean the stopper.
It’s important that the stopper mechanism be uninstalled and reinstalled correctly, so you may want to consult a professional plumber if you have difficulty removing hair from your drain.
Call Solution Based Plumbing, Heating, and A/C for Serious Clogs
If none of the solutions offered above work in an attempt to unclog the drain, don’t get frustrated! It’s possible that you will need the expertise of a professional plumber. Call the experienced team from Solution Based Plumbing, Heating, and A/C for any plumbing issues, including drains clogged by hair, at 215-584-2098. Or, contact us online.