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How to Dissolve Hair in Drains

hdrainMost homeowners believe that a little hair down the drain won’t hurt or cause any serious clogs because after all, hair is fine and easily breakable. However, this doesn’t mean it can’t harm your plumbing system.

Keratin, a protein that is a major component of human hair, hardens in the closed, dark conditions of a sink or shower drain to form a clog that can be quite stubborn and therefore difficult to remove with just a plunger.

The best solution for this kind of clog formation, especially when it is hard to reach manually, is to use chemicals to dissolve the matter. The right product or concoction can be used to allow the passage of water to flow smoothly without interference through your pipes.
Here are examples of what you can use:
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar – Pour one part baking soda and one part vinegar into the drain and seal it with its plug or a tight rag. Pour boiling water down the drain after a half-hour or so completes the drain cleaning process.
  • Enzyme-Based “Biological” Drain Cleaners - Pour them into a stopped sink and follow up with water. Label instructions should be consulted for each particular brand. They’re available from most retailers, including supermarkets and do-it-yourself or hardware chains.
  • Caustic Drain Cleaners - These cleaners are corrosive and toxic and must be used with rubber gloves and full facial and eye protection, strictly according to specific package directions.
  • Acid-Based Drain Cleaners – Carefully follow package directions when using this highly corrosive and toxic sulfuric acid. Acid-resistant rubber gloves, goggles and a face mask are absolutely necessary. This is best used only as a last resort and are not recommended for inexperienced users.

SOURCE: What Dissolves Hair in Drains?

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