If hair dye and strands of hair clog up your sink drain and plumbing pipe, do something about it now. The chemicals in hair dyes can damage the insides of your sink's plumbing pipe over time, especially if they build up along the sides of the pipe. If you lost strands of hair during the color treatment, your problem becomes worse. The hair keeps the dyes from flushing down the drain when you run water in the sink. You can unclog the drain and prevent damage to your plumbing with these tips below.
Make Your Drain Cleaning Solution
Getting your supplies in order is the first step to unclogging your sink drain. Because you already have chemicals in the drain, it's important that you don't add more. Some chemicals in hair dyes, such as ammonia, react harshly to other chemicals by bubbling or breaking them down. If you place bleach or household ammonia down the drain, you could end up with toxic fumes in the home.
Instead, make a safe cleaning solution of household dish detergent and hot water. Dish detergent contains degreasers that break down the fats and greases found in other things. For example, many hair products use conditioners and oils to soften hair during the chemical process. Some oils are thick enough to block your plumbing, which is why you have the clog in the first place. Dish detergent eats the fats and greases in the conditioners and oils, which helps the dyes break down and flow through the sink drain.
Simply fill one large container, such as a milk jug, with 5-6 cups of hot water, then add 3 teaspoons of dish detergent. You can also add more detergent to the drain later. Now, it's time to remove the hair.
Secure the Sink and Remove the Hair
To protect the sink from any dyes that splash out of the sink drain when you remove the hair, cover it with a tarp or old towels. If you used permanent or semi-permanent hair color, the dyes won't come of the sink's material easily. You want to avoid this issue. Now, you're ready to remove the hair.
Removing the hair out of the sink drain first prevents problems later. Even if you flush the drain with your cleaning solution, it won't work if the ball of hair strands is still block the plumbing pipe. You want to create a clear path for the dyes to flow through the pipe later.
You only need a metal clothes hanger for this job. To use the hanger properly, cut the hanger near its shoulder, or the part that curves, with large scissors or shears. Pull the loose piece out until it's straight. Using your fingers or pliers, make a small hook at the end of the loose piece. Be careful to avoid poking your skin.
Once you clear the drain and plumbing pipe, break up the hair dye. Pour the dish detergent and water down the drain, then wait at least 30 minutes for the dish detergent to break up the dye. After the time goes by, run hot water down the drain for another 5 minutes.
If necessary, pour 1 teaspoon of undiluted dish detergent into the drain. The detergent's foaming action will help break through the hair color's chemicals. Once the buildup of hair dye pulls away from the lining of the plumbing pipe, the water should start to flow freely through the drain.
If the clog doesn't go away after trying the tips above, contact a plumber from a company like Doctor Fix-It for additional help.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.