Open Letter To The Bearded Men of Chicago:
Please stop clogging all the bathroom sink drains in the city.
I know that while you are working on your stubble, picking up hipster chicks at The Empty Bottle is on your mind, not the P-trap under the vanity. It's easy to not think about the implications of the beard coiffing ritual that happens at your vanity on a regular basis, but please think about what your putting down your drain. You see, every time you trim that beard, large clumps of hair are making their way down the drain, getting caught in the p-trap and making a wonderful nest for soaps and other debris to build up. This in turn, becomes a clog.
You might be saying, "Handy Dad, this makes no sense, guys that shave everyday are putting hair down the drain everyday, I don't even shave, I'm just trimming my fur." Well, the problem is the larger and denser clumps of hair that are coming off during a trimming session are more prone to build up. I'm not saying don't trim the beard, I'm just saying keep it from going down the drain. Same for all the body hair trimmers out there, too. Put the hair in the trash, not the plumbing system.
I'll leave you with two thoughts, number 2 is valuable........
1. The last 4 clients I helped with clogged bathroom drains all had nice healthy beards, so although my blanket of research is not scientific, it's woven with a yarn called common sense.
2. How to clear a clogged drain: Barring any serious clogs or issues with the drain, this should help save you some stress and cash next time that water starts pooling up in your vanity sink. (btw, this works for most clogged drains whether or not it's clogged with beard hair!)
Product to use: CLR Power Plumber. Costs about $10 at your local hardware store (some drug and grocery stores have it, too). It's safe and easy to use. No harmful acids. Obviously read the directions before use.
How to use it: Fill the drain with water (if it's not filled already), insert can of CLR Power Plumber over drain. For most drains, you have a little plunger or plug, the can will fit over this plunger about 90% of the time, in some cases, you may have to remove the plunger.
Once the can is in place and secure, pump the can downward several times (3-4 times). This will most likely solve your clogged drain. It's a highly efficient way to unclog bathroom and kitchen drains. All without the use of chemicals.