How to Clean Hair From Your Drains

Hair is one of the most common culprits when it comes to clogged drains. Every time your shower, tub, or bathroom sink gets used, it most likely collects a little bit of hair that can eventually clump together enough to cause a stoppage. 

Even if you have a drain stopper, hair can still slip through and clog things up in your Northborough, MA, home.

If it’s impossible to keep hair out of your plumbing, then what do you do when it inevitably causes a clog? Fortunately, there are a few simple methods to clear clogged drains that have been stuffed up with hair. 

If you find that the drains in your shower, tub, or bathroom sink are draining slowly or not draining at all, just reach out to Sharp Plumbing & Heating, and we’ll offer one of the following solutions! 

Professional Grade Snake

One of the most effective ways to clear clogged drains is to use a professional-grade snake tool. 

The snake is an auger device with a corkscrew hook end that’s sent down into the drain and then rotated to loosen up the clog and send it safely on its way. This method is generally highly effective for many simple clogs.

When a manual snake tool is not enough, your plumber can also employ a motorized auger. It’s a much longer, motor-powered device generally sent into a cleanout port outside your home rather than directly into the drain. 

From there, it can work to remove much larger clogs than the manual tool is capable of dislodging.  

Drain Cameras

If both snake tools don’t seem to do the trick, then your plumber is going to have to troubleshoot the situation to determine the nature of your clog. One of the best ways to do this is using a high-definition drain or sewer camera. 

These awesome devices work much like the snake tool does, but instead of a corkscrew hook on the end, they have cameras that will allow your plumber to assess what the clog consists of and where it’s located. 

Drain cameras enable your plumber to see what’s happening in your drains with perfect clarity, allowing them to quickly get to the bottom of the clog issue and clear clogged drains. 

Having eyes on the problem helps figure out the safest way to end your clogging nightmare.   


When that hair clog is stubborn, and it’s so tangled up and stuck with grease and other gunk that nothing seems to make it budge—trust us, it happens more than you think—then sometimes the best solution is to break out the hydro-jetting machine. 

This device sends a high-powered blast of water through your drain that can clear clogged drains in seconds. 

All that grease, gunk, hair, and whatever else is built up inside your drains will be cleared away, and your pipes will look like you just bought them yesterday.


The final option is more of a DIY solution; however, you may want some guidance from the drain cleaning professionals at Sharp Plumbing & Heating to use it properly.

Bio-One is a biological drain and septic system cleaning treatment that meets U.S. EPA Safer Product Standards. 

Other drain-clearing products can be dangerous to the environment and your family if not used properly, so using something like Bio-One should be the preferred alternative. 

Using Bio-One to clear your drains is fairly simple. You just add the suggested amount of this product to your drain line to keep it clean and clear. 

You can also use it as a preventative, so you don’t have to worry about hair, grease, gunk, or anything else causing your drains to back up ever again.

While regular Bio-One use can help keep your drains running freely in the future, it can be less effective than professional solutions for dealing with the immediacy of an active clog that’s affecting your life right now. 

Looking for a “Plumber Near Me” in Northborough, MA?

Sharp Plumbing & Heating can clear clogged drains and much, much more. We offer our services to customers in Berlin, Framingham, Milford, and Northborough, MA. Contact us online or call today to schedule your appointment!

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