Individuals can use mechanical, biological or chemical drain cleaners to remove hair clumps. Mechanical cleaners use air, water or other physical pressure to remove a clog. Biological cleaners use natural bacteria and enzymes to feed on the organic material in the clog, Chemical drain cleaners use corrosive chemicals, such as lye, to dissolve hair and other materials.
Mechanical cleaners can be inexpensive, faster acting and more effective than biological cleaners and less hazardous than chemical cleaners. Drain King, CLR and Master Plunger are some examples of mechanical cleaners. Drain King connects to a garden water hose and clears clogs using water pressure. CLR uses pressurized gas, and Master Plunger is a traditional plunger. Individuals can also insert a snake, or auger, to physically break up clogs.
Individuals can use biological cleaners if mechanical methods are ineffective. Though less effective on other types of clogs, such as mineral deposits, biological cleaners can feed on the organic material in hair clogs. Biological cleaners, such as Citra-Drain, Zep and Earth Friendly, are relatively less hazardous than chemical cleaners but can take 24 hours or longer to yield results.
Individuals should use chemical cleaners, such as Drain Out, Drano and Roebic, with caution as they contain hazardous chemicals. Users should carefully follow all product safety instructions, wear protective equipment and ensure ample ventilation in the room when using these products.