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How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?

6 Answers

Answered by Plumblife

7th October 2019

Plumblife answered the question "How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?"

I always advise against using acids/alkaline to dissolve blockages and hair in waste pipework. This is because although the acids do not effect the plastic pipework it does effect the rubber seals which could cause leaks. Also the acids can discolour chrome fittings etc when it comes into contact.

Answered by BoilerOne

29th May 2019

BoilerOne answered the question "How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?"

It is not recommended to attempt to dissolve hair in a shower drain, the use of chemicals can damage pipework at joists or washer seals. Shower traps are recommended to be cleaned regularly to avoid blockages in drain pipework. BoilerOne recommend you consult a verified plumber to diagnose the problem

Answered by Heather Contracts Limited

12th March 2019

Heather Contracts Limited answered the question "How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?"

This is something we wouldn't recommend. The adverts on TV make it look so simple and its really not effective. Ideally, you want to remove the majority of the hair mass. this can be simply, pulling it from the plug hole. Putting chemicals down a waste isn't good for the fittings or pipework. If, your unable to pull the hair from the plug hole, some wastes allow the plug to be removed. the cover will not be connected and sits in place. This needs to be removed (not using any tools or significant force), below a capture cup can be found. this twists out allowing it to be emptied. this is where the hair is caught. clearing this is more effective than any chemicals (WARNING - If you are attempting this after trying chemicals, we strongly urge you to contact a competent professional, ensuring you inform them what has been put down there). Replace the capture pot & replace the cover.

Answered by Thoroughbuild UK Services Ltd

26th February 2019

Thoroughbuild UK Services Ltd answered the question "How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?"

Ideally you do not want to dissolve it with chemicals as this can compromise your waste pipes and traps - it also contaminates the sewage system. Ideally you want to remove it by hand - this is messy but effective and more so, environmentally friendly. Ideally use a strainer over the plug hole to stop the hair going down the drain in the first place.

Answered by A Royal Flush Plumbing

12th February 2019

A Royal Flush Plumbing answered the question "How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?"

To dissolve hair in a shower drain you want to remove any water in the trap with a wet/dry vac. and whilst wearing rubber glove and a breathing mask, not just a dust mask and safety goggles, pour in an acidic drain cleaner. I would never advise for you to do this yourself as the acidic chemical can also effect other things in the waste system than just the hair. One common household product that can dissolve the hair is bleach. Bleach is classed as a basic, the hair is acidic. This results in a chemical reaction leaving water and salt. Make sure this is done in a well ventilated room and wear gloves whilst pouring the bleach down the trap.

Answered by PipeDream Plumbing

11th February 2019

PipeDream Plumbing answered the question "How to dissolve hair in a shower drain?"

As a professional I wouldn't recommend cleaning chemicals that dissolve hair and debris in the pipework. The chemicals attack pipes and rubber washers on the pipework which can lead to more and bigger problems than you began with. If you have cleaned the waste traps and plunged your drains with no success, I'd recommend you contact a plumber who will be able rectify you problems

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