8 Ways to Unclog a Shower Drain

Symptoms of a Clogged Shower Drain

When you find yourself standing in a deep puddle of water in the shower because the water isn’t draining as it should it is the first time you find out you have a problem.. Once the drainage problems have begun, they will usually only get worse over time, unless action is taken. The sooner that you deal with the problem, the easier it can be to resolve.

The following are a few tips to help you learn how to unclog a shower drain:

Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

Boil water on the stove, then pours the boiling water down the drain. It's best to use a funnel or something to contain the water as you pour. If you have any expense shower or bathtub accessories, you don't want to spill boiling water on them.

Try Using a Plunger

The nature of the blockage, where the clog is in the drain, and the design of your drain will determine how successful plunging will be. If the clog is deep and made of hair, for instance, you might struggle to get enough suction for plunging to be effective. Try adding petroleum jelly to the edge of the suction pad to get a better seal. Add water to the shower so that the end of the plunger is submerged. and finally, plunge vigorously. Plunging is another method that often has a low success rate when it comes to showers, in my experience, but it is always worth a try, as the time and costs involved are minimal.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Wait for a few minutes. Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain too. Wait for a couple of hours to see if the hair clog gets dissolved. Clean out the drain by pouring boiling water down it. Although this method is ecologically preferable, and won't cause damage to plastic pipes, you may still end up having to resort to chemicals.

Take off the Drain Cover and Pull Out the Clog by Hand

This method has a fairly good chance of success, but it involves using your hands, so I advise wearing rubber gloves. First, you need to remove the drain cover. Sometimes there is a screw in the middle that you have to take out. Other times you can pry the drain cover off using a screwdriver. Look inside the drain and locate the clog. Use a flashlight, if necessary. If the clog is within reach, pull it out with your fingers. If it is not in reach, go-to method number 5.

Use a Hook:

If you can’t reach the blockage by hand, then try fishing out the clog with a piece of wire. Improvise a tool with a wire coat hanger, fashioning a hook at the end of it. If you have a clog caused by mineral buildup, this might not be the best method for unclogging your drain.

Use a Plumbers’ Snake:

This is another cheap method for fixing clogs that will not require you to spend much at all. This method also works more often than not. It has a fairly high success rate. Push the snake down the drain until you reach the clog. Turn the snake’s handle and bring it back up. Run water to test the drain and verify that the clog is entirely removed. Clogs caused by roots require more than just a plumbers' snake and many clogs will not even require that this tool is used.

Use Chemicals:

Most hardware stores and supermarkets sell strong chemical cleaners designed to unblock drains. Follow the instructions carefully. Follow the directions on the packaging and make sure not to use too much. The amount you use will vary. Wear gloves and goggles. Don't mix your chemicals. This could cause poisonous gas. Pour chemicals down the drain. Don’t resort to chemicals lightly, as they can cause damage to your drainage pipes, especially if you use this method repeatedly. Using chemicals is normally a quick, easy, and affordable method, however.

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