Hair is a common item that many consider flushing down the toilet after a shower or haircut. However, flushing hair can lead to serious plumbing issues that are messy and expensive to fix. Let’s take a deeper look at why flushing hair is not recommended and tips for properly disposing of hair to prevent costly drainage problems.

Hair can get stuck in the drain line. Hair is designed to withstand water and tends to cling together when wet. When flushed, hair travels through pipes until it reaches areas with slower water flow where it can become snarled and tangled. Over time, hair buildup in drain lines constricts the pipe diameter leading to poor drainage and eventual clog prevention. Even small amounts of hair flushed regularly can accumulate into a sizable wad that blocks wastewater flow.