How to Remove Hair From a Bathroom Sink

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When you brush your hair over the bathroom sink or shave in it daily, hair can easily clog up the drain over time. You will need to remove it to keep the sink draining freely. You can usually do it yourself, without having to call a plumber, by following a few easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunger Wash rag Bucket or plan Pipe wrench or pliers Straightened coat hanger Towels (optional)

Removing Hair from a Bathroom Sink Drain

  • Pull out the drain stopper to see if the clot of hair is caught on it. Sometimes hair will catch itself on the long end of the stopper, where it can easily be removed.

  • If the hair is farther down in the drain, use a plunger to attempt to resolve the clog. Make sure that the drain plug is open, and block the sink's overflow with a wet washrag. If there is no standing water currently backed up in the sink, fill it halfway with hot water. Plunge the drain using slow, steady strokes. If you plunge too vigorously, you will splash water on the counter and floor.

  • If the plunger does not clear the hair clogged in your bathroom sink, get a bucket or pan and place it below the pipe. Using pliers or a wrench, disconnect the trap. If there is water inside, it will drain into the bucket or pan.

  • Clean out the pipe thoroughly, removing the clots of hair that are causing the blockage. If the hair is caught higher up and you cannot reach it, use a straightened clothes hanger to push it down until it falls out into the bucket or pan.

  • Reassemble the drain pipe, and run water in the sink to check the success of the hair removal and check for any leaks. Let the water run for several minutes while watching the pipes under the sink for any dripping or leaking. If there is none, your job is finished. If you find a leak, tighten the appropriate connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can help prevent hair from clogging up your bathroom sink by periodically pouring bleach into the sink.
  • Although drain cleaners can be effective at removing hair clots and other blockages, they can also cause damage to your pipes. Use with with caution.

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