bleach dissolves hair

Bleach dissolves hair!

Did you know that bleach dissolves hair? It’s true! This is due to the chemical make up of the two. Bleach is a “basic” chemical and hair is “acidic”. The neutralization reaction between an acid and a base produces a salt and water. Bleach can dissolve any fiber that has acidic properties.

Next time you have a bathroom sink, shower, or bathtub draining slow try pouring a cup of liquid bleach into the drain. Be sure to rinse off any metal finishes with a little bit of water so they wont get damaged. After about a half hour any hair the bleach is in contact with will dissolve. Bleach dissolves hair and it takes a bit of time. If it doesn’t get rid of the stoppage completely then try another application of a cup of bleach.

This may not always work. There are many other things that can clog a drain line… floss, food, soap scum, hard water, GI JOE’s, etc… If the bleach doesn’t work give me a call. I’m always happy to come fix your drain. But hopefully the bleach tip will save you a few calls.

Liquid bleach is much less expensive than bottled drain cleaners… and for hair stoppages it’s much more effective (which usually bathroom sinks, showers and tubs are hair stoppages).

Caution: Of course you should always wear protective clothing, gloves, and goggles when handling chemicals such as bleach. Please be cautious!

(Edit: If your drain is completely stopped and is not draining at all it is best to call a plumber. Any chemical, if left to sit in a pipe, if it is unable to clear out the stoppage it has the potential to cause further problems. Bleach is less likely to cause any problems when compared to other chemical “drain cleaners”. But if the drain isn’t draining at all then the bleach, or any other chemical, will not be able to get down the drain to the problem area. Bleach dissolves hair but be careful!)

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It’s best to do a plumbing job right the first time

When it comes to a plumbing job it really pays to  do it right the first time!

I had a couple of kitchen drain calls the other day that each had problems caused by previous poor plumbing work done.

In one case a laundry line drained into a sump pit and then was pumped into the kitchen drain line under the house. It was connected to the house plumbing system improperly, which is causing the water to overflow into the kitchen sink and then the water in the kitchen drain trap is siphoned out. With no water in the drain trap, and therefore nothing to trap the sewer gases in the sewer, the house is filled with a strong sewer odor. This may seem like a simple plumbing job but you want to handle it correctly.

The Second Plumbing Job

On the second plumbing job a laundry sink is hooked into another drain line improperly, and is also undersized. The home owner complains of a lot of water backing up into the laundry sink when the washing machine drains.

In both cases I was able to provide a temporary solution to the plumbing job by cleaning the drain with a snake. However, both will have problems again soon due to the improper installation of the plumbing. I can fix the problems by installing the plumbing properly, but in either case this is not an inexpensive project.

When having a plumbing job done make sure you have a responsible, professional, and licensed plumber perform the work. The professionals at Mitch Clemmons plumbing assure that even a simple plumbing job gets done correctly the first time. A plumbing job done correctly, thus saving you time, money and frustration.

So, when it comes to plumbing job…

I saw this quote and it is so true:

“The bitter taste of poor quality remains much longer
than the sweet taste of a low price.”

Call the professionals at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing for any plumbing job you might encounter!
(562) 242-3218