Q:

What dissolves hair in drains?

A:

Quick Answer

The only thing that can dissolve hair in drains are strong chemicals such as bleach, sulfuric acid or hydrogen sulfide. There are many commercial plumbing liquids that are able to dissolve the hair in the drain.

Know More
What dissolves hair in drains?
Credit: Jeffrey Coolidge The Image Bank Getty Images

Full Answer

Choosing to use a chemical to dissolve hair in a drain is usually the last resort for people who are dealing with a severe clogging issue. A drain that is regularly cleaned and checked for surface hair will not have as big of a hair buildup. According to the National Retail Hardware Association, drains should be checked regularly to make sure there is no hair that can simply be pulled out using fingers.

If there is hair in the drain that can't be pulled out, a plumbing snake can be used to get the hair out. It can be placed into the drain and pulled back out, bringing the hair that was stuck with it.

An alternative option for people who do not want to use strong chemicals for the hair in a drain is to use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. The baking soda should be poured into the drain. An equal amount of vinegar should be poured on top of it and the drain should be closed. The gas that this combination creates will make pressure in the drain and will force the hair to go down the drain without the use of dangerous and harmful chemicals.

Sources:

  1. nrha.org

Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Why does the toilet bubble when the tub drains?

    A:

    When water draining from a tub slows as it moves through the pipes, misplaced air is forced back up through another drain, such as a nearby toilet, making it bubble. A bubbling toilet is a sign of a partial clog.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the purpose of basement floor drains?

    A:

    Basement floor drains have a direct connection to a home's sewage line and allow water to drain out of the house if it begins to flood. Basement floor drains enable standing water to drain out efficiently.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What dissolves in water?

    A:

    Water is a polar solvent, meaning it has partial opposite charges at each end of each molecule, and so ionic substances, in which each particle is charged, and other polar substances dissolve best in water. However, to dissolve a substance, the attraction of the solvent for particles of the solute must be greater than the forces holding the solute together, so many ionic substances are not soluble in water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What dissolves glue?

    A:

    White glue can usually be dissolved by rubbing it with cold water. Different types of adhesive are commonly referred to as glue, and they are dissolved by different substances.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore