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Old 12-09-2017, 15:09   #1
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Question Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Is there a particular pump type which can cope with expelling human hair along with the shower water?

My wife and daughters all have long hair - beautiful when it's on their heads, but a pain when it clogs up the shower pump strainer. Currently, I find myself having to clean those strainers about twice a week. It is not a particularly arduous job, but I am prepared to invest in a different/better pump if it means I can go significantly longer between pump cleaning chores.

What type of pump should I be looking for?

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Old 12-09-2017, 15:15   #2
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Get yourself a whale gulper pump . Works great at moving hair overboard . My wife has lots of long hair , it's the only pump that doesn't jam up .

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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

doesn't have to be a Whale pump, just a diaphragm type shower pump (love mine!)
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Agree with diaphragm pumps as the best, went to them after impeller, you can also help using a strainer at the drain. Watch your bilge pump, as hair works down into the bilge and will stop the bilge pump, looks like a mouse wrapped around it. Last winter had three women on the boat at the same time...the hair was everywhere. OMG pumps and head. Try to get them to brush outside.
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Whale Marine - Products

I put two of these on our boat to replace the old attwood shower sumps. They work exactly as the manufacturer describes. Whale Grey Water IC works well for shower drains.
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

The way long hair plugs up my bathroom sink at home, I suggest you keep the strainer.
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Agree with above posts, here are 2 links:
Gulper Whale® Gulper® IC - Grey Waste - Pumps & Plumbing - Products | BLA Australia
Johnson Viking Johnson Viking Diaphragm Pump (12 or 24v)
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

It's always better to solve the problem at its origin versus finding solutions to the result:

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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

With the Whale IC connected directly to the shower drain, I was able to toss the entire shower sump, making lots of room for a water maker.
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

I will vote with the others. The Whale Gulper is great.

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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

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........................ you can also help using a strainer at the drain. ...........
That's the $1.98 solution.
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Would a macerator pump be appropriate in this application, or is human hair too fine for it to deal with?
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Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

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Would a macerator pump be appropriate in this application, or is human hair too fine for it to deal with?


No, hair is unbelievably tough, it will just wrap up in a macerator. My Wife has long, thick hair and it gets everywhere.
I believe a strainer to be the only real workable solution, its what we do as IP head drains have strainers built in
I believe our diaphragm pump would clog if not.
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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

1) Assign the job of cleaning the sump and strainer to your wife and daughters.

2) Peggie Hall (HeadMistress) says a periodic injection of CP into your sump will clean that up easily.

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Re: Type of shower pump which can cope with hair?

Use a strainer.
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