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Is hair blocking your drains? 3 steps to resolve.

We’ve all been there, you run your taps and it happens. The water fills up and it hits you; you’ve got a blockage in your sink. Great, it’s full of hair. You begin sifting it out with your tweezers that you’ve spent all morning searching for, as you start to remove, you look at what you have fished out and instantly, you can see Uncle Tony’s long curly locks are the main culprit. You do your best to get out all the unwanted hair you can see, you squint your eyes and run the tap… it’s still blocked! 

Ok, before you wring Uncle Tony’s neck let’s take a step back and try some tried and tested DIY methods that are bound to do the trick with minimal effort and fuss. Our expert engineers have been called out to a number of properties in the London area and these methods are always a tried and trusted way of removing hair blocking your sink and drains. 

Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar

Bicarbonate of soda is the ultimate utility product in your kitchen cupboard. If you have never owned this box of wonders, go out and get some now, it’s available from all major retail stores for a reasonable price of £1. Bargain. It’s the ultimate utility product for a reason, everything from raising cakes to cleaning that tough, unwanted tea stain Uncle Tony left on your work surfaces.  

To get started, mix together around a third of a cup of baking soda with a third of a cup of vinegar. Combine them and start by pouring it down the sinkhole until it begins to fizz up. This then should bring the hair and any other unwanted blockages to the surface. For the best results leave for a few hours or overnight for maximum results. 

Wire hanger/plunger

A wire coat hanger is another effective tool in the box to help remove unwanted hair in your drains. Ensure you straighten out the coat hanger before you start and get to work down your sinkhole. It’s proven to dig out grime and hair at ease. 

If that somehow fails, a traditional plunger will also do a job. Once in position, start to move it up and down, it will build up suction and any hair will be removed or moved into a more accessible position for you to remove with a wire hanger or tweezers.

Commercial cleaning products

If none of the above works, it’s time for a trip to your local supermarket and head down to the cleaning aisle. There you will find a number of sink unblockers that will either remove your unwanted blockage or at least ease it up to allow you to use the tried and tested methods outlined in this helpful step-by-step guide. 

If the above fails, don’t be too down. Sometimes trying to fix drainage systems on your own can be tricky. If you need further assistance, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

You can email us at service@happydrains.co.uk or call us on 0800 849 8099.