Connecting your hair salon business to your home can be a convenient way to keep an eye on the kids while you work. It also allows you to set your own hours, eliminates travel time and costs, and may make you feel less disconnected from home and family. But, it doesn't come without some pitfalls. One of those pitfalls is the extra strain it will put on your plumbing system. If you are considering building an extension to your home or using an existing space to open a hair salon, there are some plumbing concerns you need to consider.
Potential Plumbing Problems and Solutions
No matter how careful you are, running a hair salon from your home will put an added strain on your drains. Hair, shampoo, and other hair products all contribute to slow or clogged drains. Here's how to minimize problems with drain clogs.
- Use a Mesh Sink Strainer or Hair Catcher. This will reduce the amount of hair that works its way into the drain, but it won't eliminate residue from shampoo, hair products, and body oils.
- Install Traps: Your plumber can install new traps on all sinks and floor drains to help reduce the chance of clogs and slow drains. Cleaning the traps frequently will help keep water flowing freely through your drains and prevent gunk and residue from working its way further into your pipes where it can wreak havoc.
- Clean Sink Drains Weekly: Cleaning your drains once a week will go a long way towards keeping your plumbing in good working order. Pour one cup of borax down the drain and follow with one quart of boiling water. Allow the mixture to work its magic for 30 minutes or more and flush with cold water.
2. Water Supply
Using your home's hot water supply for the salon may deplete your home's hot water, leaving your family grumbling about your newest business venture. According to Energy Saver, an 80-gallon storage tank provides enough hot water for three to four people. If you intend to draw hot water from your home's tank for your hair salon, talk to your plumber about whether your current holding tank is large enough. If the answer is no, you have two choices:
- Install a Larger Hot Water Tank: Installing a larger hot water tank for your home and plumbing it to your hair salon may be a workable option, especially if other family members are at work or school all day and water use in your home is minimal.
- Install a Separate Hot Water Tank: You may wish to install a hot water tank just for the salon. This eliminates any conflicts with water use and avoids subjecting your family to cold showers when you are busy in your hair salon. Your plumber can help you decide what size it right for you.
If you only expect to do an occasional shampoo and cut for select customers, you may be able to get by plumbing water from your personal hot water tank, but if you are serious about growing your business, it is probably best to add a commercial water tank before you open the doors.
If you are connected to a municipal sewer, you may not have a problem. However, if you have your own private septic tank or cesspool, you may discover that running a hair salon puts too much strain on the system. The chemicals in the hair products may kill off helpful bacteria that works to decompose waste in your septic system. If this happens, your septic tank may overflow or you may experience slow or clogged drains. Here's how to avoid problems.
- Pump the Septic Tank Frequently: According to EarthCare, residential septic tanks should be inspected and emptied at least once every 1 to 2 years. If you are adding a hair salon, you will need to check the septic tank more frequently. Some signs your tank needs to be emptied are slow drains, foul odors, and soggy soil near the leach field.
Be proactive and address potential plumbing problems for your hair salon before they arise to avoid annoying plumbing problems and costly repairs.