Help - A biofilm is growing in my drain after I colored my hair!

  1. I can't find an answer to this question anywhere else on the internet, so I'm reaching out to the best community I know.

    Here's what happened. I colored my hair with a Clairol Color Gloss and rinsed it out two weeks ago. Now my the drain of my sink is clogged and has a thick black substance that looks like some kind of biofilm. I think the hair color caused it to grow.

    In addition to donning gloves and scrubbing out the part of the drain I can reach, does anyone have any suggestions on how to eradicate this mess? Bleach? Lysol? Change of pH?

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions! :-)
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  3. by   martymoose
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Perhaps contact a plumber?

    Yes, I know that nobody wants to spend the money on a professional plumber unless absolutely necessary. However, eradication of biofilm from a sink drain is not really a task that most nurses are trained to carry out.
  5. by   Farawyn
    Late April Fools Joke?

    I mean, really.

    Dump some Liquid Plumber down there and call it a day.
  6. by   klone
    I'm sorry, per terms of service, we're not allowed to give plumbing advice. Please discuss this with your plumbing care provider. Good luck!
  7. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    My husband is a plumber - he said to try Drano first, see what happens.
  8. by   HelloWish
    Perhaps the bio film was already there and the dye colored it...

    I'd use vinegar or bleach
  9. by   AceOfHearts<3
    If it's a true biofilm only mechanical force (i.e. scrubbing) will remove it. I agree with another poster that maybe the dye just colored it so you can see it. I don't see what trying Drano or something similar will hurt before resorting to calling a plumber.