Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
When I manscape, I get rid of the trimmings by sweeping them up and tossing them into the sink. Just wondering: Can I simply let the water run in the sink to wash the hair down the drain, or will that eventually clog the drain? Please advise -- I can't afford a plumber!
Any time hair goes into drain systems, you have the possibility of a blockage. It's not the hair by itself -- it's soap and shampoo, which build up in the piping, coating the inside of the pipe in thin layers. If you toss the trimmings into the sink or groom over it and let the hair wash down the drain, it can stick to the buildup, where it accumulates.
Facial hair from regular shaving isn't generally a problem because the hairs are so short. Manscaping poses more of a problem because the hairs are longer. When they get caught in the buildup, they can accumulate, until eventually you have a clogged pipe.
The type of piping can make a difference. Plastic piping is typically more resistant to clogging than cast iron or steel piping, because it has no positive or negative charge. So if you're having new plumbing done, consider plastic -- especially if you're going to be clipping some thick fur.
However, even plastic piping can be affected by buildup. Here’s the best way to keep the plumber away: Use a small strainer in the sink to prevent hair from entering the drain. You can also use an enzyme-type drain cleaner to dissolve the grease and hair before it builds up.