How to Get Hair Out of Sink Drain


Small strands of hair can build up to cause a massive drain clog. A clog can occur at any point in the drain pipe. It may form in the tail pipe connected to the sink or in the p-trap that connects the tail pipe to the drain pipe in the wall (a very common place for clogging to occur). Hair clogs may also form in the pipes in the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Latex gloves
  • Dowel
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Drain snake
  • Hot water
  • Wait for as much water to drain out of the sink as possible before taking any action against the clog. If water is backed up in the sink for more than an hour, it would be safe to say that it is not going anywhere on its own.

  • Put a bucket under the drain pipes under the sink, and put on a pair of latex gloves to protect yourself from whatever may be in your sink drain.

  • Unscrew the plumbing drain pipe before and after the p-trap (a P-shaped section of pipe).

  • Remove the p-trap and let the water to drain into the bucket. If the water does not drain, the hair clog is somewhere in the tail pipe connected to the sink.

  • Use a dowel or some other long, blunt rod down the sink drain hole to remove the hair clog, and scrape all of the sides of the tail pipe after the hair clog is removed while the water drains to loosen any other pipe plaque that may remain.

  • Drain the p-trap of any water into the bucket. If the hair clog was not in the tail pipe, there is a good chance it's in the p-trap.

  • Hold the p-trap over the bucket and use a pipe cleaner to work the clog loose. Rinse out the p-trap.

  • Insert a drain snake into the drain pipe going into the wall under or behind the sink if the hair clog was not in the p-trap. When you encounter the clog, you will be able to feel a little resistance.

  • Work the clog loose with the drain snake and pull it out using the drain snake. Otherwise, you may simply push the clog farther down the pipe.

  • Reinstall the p-trap after the hair clog is removed.

  • Run hot water through the plumbing to rinse any hair clog residue down the drain.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are allergic to latex gloves, try vinyl or blue nitrile gloves instead.

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