plumbing drain screen resized 600Plumbing drain clogs can be lessened by using a screen across the drain. This might sound somewhat strange, but they are made and are readily available at a home center or a pet store.

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The idea of catching hair before it reaches the drain pipe is smart. People with long hair can clog a shower drain with no problem. Giving the dog a bath can do the same. Products like the “hair snare” work well in some situations.

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A hair snare type product simply sits on top of the drain opening. You simply open the package and set it over the drain. They have a raised center section that allows room for a pop-up drain, but I don’t like the design. A pop-up in a sink sits too close for the screen to work. You could cut the product to fit, but it would really need to be a perfect cut to catch any hair.

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The product would work well in a shower or utility sink (like a garage slop sink) where the drains sit in the center of the basin and the walls won’t interfere with its placement.

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Still, since the product has a lip, you will be left with either a small amount of water around the lip of the drain where hair can concentrate.

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