Home Depot expert explains how to unclog a bath drain
A slippery build-up of soap scum, dirt and grime tends to accumulate when water is slow to drain. Clearing drains once this has happened may sound difficult, but the vast majority of them can be solved by using some fairly easy, affordable, and straightforward methods and tools. Mrs Hinch fans have taken to social media to suggest a few after one woman found her bathroom drain blocked by her daughter’s hair.
Posting on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips and Tricks Facebook page, Tracie Mcdonald wrote: “Best drain unblocker, please? My daughter has waist-length hair and malts like a cat, so I think this could be the problem. Help.”
There are several different ways to target hair blockages, but many Mrs Hinch fans recommended using hair removal cream.
Louise Carol said: “Hair removal cream, any will do. It essentially dissolves the hair.”
Jane Day wrote: “I saw a recommendation recently to put hair removal cream down the bath and sink to unblock the drain. I tried it at the weekend and it worked a treat. I left it for about 10 minutes, before rinsing away.”
Stephanie Hale said: “Hair removal cream. At my old house when I got out of the shower it was more like a bath when it was that clogged with hair.
“One tube of hair removal cream (water it down a little bit so it goes down) leave 30 minutes and leave the hot tap on for five to 10 minutes.”
Karen Bennett suggested: “Put a tube of hair remover cream down the plug and the blockage will be clear in no time.”
Nina Mac said: “I squeeze a tube of hair remover cream down and then add a little boiling water to move it down the pipe. Leave overnight then add a kettle of hot water and leave during the day and use as normal after that.”
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Julie Pollendine agreed: “Hair removal cream down plug hole and leave overnight if possible and boiling water down the drain to clear it.”
Mary Wilson said: “I’ve had to unblock a few drains when cleaning my customer’s houses and I tend to use hair removal cream.
“You just have to squirt a couple of tubes down the hole, put the plug in and leave for as long as possible (at least 30mins). Then flush through, worked better than any drain unblocker I’ve ever used.”
Christine Howard instructed: “Empty a tube of hair removal cream down the drain, it will dissolve all traces of hair. You can pick it up from Home Bargains for less than £1.”
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Hair removal cream is designed to attack the structure of the hair, breaking it down and effectively dissolving it away.
However, if households find that this method does not work, group members have suggested using baking soda and white vinegar to unblock drains.
Some suggested using a combination of baking soda, white vinegar and boiling water. Mary Harding said: “Bicarbonate of soda white vinegar and boiling water gets the job done.”
Zoe Magowan wrote: “Baking soda and vinegar works, then following up with hot water works wonders.”
Gail Murray said: “One cup bicarbonate of soda and one cup white vinegar. Cover with a cloth/towel, leave as long as possible then pour boiling water down the plughole.”
Bathroom experts at Drench argue that while a combination of baking soda and white vinegar can “jolt” a blockage, it is not a method that will work for the “very troublesome” blockages.
For worse blockages, they suggested using sulphuric acid as they claim that this can “clear pretty much any blocked drain by literally dissolving whatever is in its path”.
However, this product needs to be handled with care as it emits “terrible fumes, corrodes, and can cause very serious harm” to the skin if it comes into contact. The acid also has a “very powerful chemical reaction” when it meets with other drain-cleaning chemicals, and generates heat that has been known to cause explosions and eruptions of toxic fumes. For these reasons, it can only really be applied to a mostly dry drain.
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