Zip-It is a Better Solution for Slow Shower and Tub Drains Than Drain Opener

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I want to share one of the ways I quickly resolve slow shower and tub drains at my house.

Zip-It Drain Snake (3-Pack)
  • Unclog Your Drain in Seconds – Experience the ultimate drain unclogging solution with Zip-It’s 25-inch (overall length) drain snake. This clog remover is crafted from our proprietary, super-tough poly material to ensure it never gets stuck or breaks off in the drain while removing hair and particles.
  • Unmatched Flexibility – This drain snake clog remover is crafted from premium, flexible material, It allows the shower drain clog remover to go deep into your drain and easily navigate through tight bends and traps in your plumbing system.
  • Versatile Drain Cleaner Tool – Whether it’s the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room, this drain hair remover is your go-to tool for maintaining a smoothly running plumbing system without the use of chemicals.
  • Easy To Use – Unclog sink drain in a breeze with the Zip-It sink drain cleaner! Simply insert the Green Snake into a clogged drain, twist it, and pull it back to remove hair clog and other blockages. No technical expertise is required! (The Drain opening must be larger than 1/4 inch.)
  • Reusable Drain Cleaning Device – This snake drain clog remover is designed for multiple uses. After unclogging your drain, simply rinse it off with water and it’s ready for the next job. It’s an effective hair clog remover and tub drain removal tool without breaking the bank or damaging your pipes.

For the last few years, I’ve been doing a lot of the household maintenance for my family. One of the pain points we run into when my wife lets her hair grow a bit longer is that hair has a tendency to collect in the drain of the tub in our master bathroom.

I used to think that the way to solve this problem was to use a liquid drain opener. I searched for one that could completely clear any drain obstructions in one application. The right magic liquid eluded me, despite trying several different brands. So I decided to search for solutions that involved using a physical appliance like a plunger or an auger.

In the course of talking to friends who are handier than I am, one friend asked, “is the problem mainly hair getting stuck in the drain?” I had no idea, so he said, “Maybe you should get a Zip-It, then see if it brings up anything when you use it.”

I had no idea what a Zip-It was, so I bought one next time I was at my local hardware store. Zip-It is an inexpensive plastic wand with a loop where you insert your index finger at the top, and a series of plastic barbs on both sides of the length of the wand. In order to use the Zip-It, you insert it as deeply into the tub drain as possible, then pull the wand completely out of the drain.

I tried this, and it immediately pulled up a hand-sized ball of hair along with some soap scum that had collected on it. I found that this sort of hair ball develops in our tub drain about once a month, so I put a recurring task in Todoist to use Zip-It to clear the drain. The result is water freely-flowing through our tub drain on a consistent basis.

Zip-It and its competitors are advertised as disposable, but I reuse the original one I purchased by simply removing the hair from the wand, throwing the hair in the garbage, washing the Zip-It under the faucet, and hanging the Zip-It up to dry. From my experience of a few years, this Zip-It might last a lifetime. It’s among the best $14 I’ve ever spent in terms of value for my money.