How To Unclog A Shower Drain

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September 9, 2016
How To Unclog A Shower Drain

How To Unclog A Shower Drain

Here’s how to unclog a shower drain yourself quickly. If it’s a serious clog you may need to call a plumber but if it’s not there are four main ways to do so. Showers clog quite a lot and hair is usually the culprit of a clogged shower. The simplest way to remove all problems is for you and the family to shave your heads and go with no hair at all. Just kidding! Only a bit of plumbing humor for you.

Here Are Four Ways How To Unclog A Shower Drain

1. How To Unclog A Shower Drain Tip 1 – You may not be aware but plungers are not just for toilets. They can be used for shower and bathtub drains also. First, remove the drain cover and set the plunger over the drain. Let the shower run in order to submerge the plunger in water so that the rubber part of the plunger is completely covered. Begin pumping the plunger up and down vigorously to see if this will free the clog.

2. How To Unclog A Shower Drain Tip 2 – If a plunger does not work you could invest in a drain auger, or plumber’s snake, from the hardware store which could penetrate the clog. Feed the plumber’s snake into the drain and at a point, you will receive some resistance. This is when you wind the snake in order to break up the clog. After the snake has penetrated the blockage this should free up the debris enough so that it flushes itself down the drain. In the event, you don’t have a plumber’s snake you can always use a coat hanger that is straightened out with a hook on the end. Though it is important not to push the debris down further into the drain so rather try and pull it out as a coat hanger won’t typically break up the block so it flushes down on its own.

3. How To Unclog A Shower Drain Tip 3 – You can try using a chemical or alternative drain cleaner to free the clog. Environmentally friendly drain cleaners work well but they take a few hours to do so. Chemical drain cleaners work faster but they are hard on the pipes so if they don’t work the fist time it’s not recommended to keep using them as this can cause permanent damage to your pipes which is more costly to repair.

4. How To Unclog A Shower Drain Tip 4 – Finally, if a drain cleaner is not an option you can try to boil some water and pour it down the drain. If boiling water doesn’t work on its own try adding half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda which can help. These natural solutions can help break up some clogs without having to use harsh chemical drain cleaners.

Should you have a serious drain clog issue or are wanting to clean your pipes our local plumbers use a high-pressure water jetting drain cleaning system that will break up any clog and thoroughly clean the pipes at the same time. This is a fast, affordable service that works incredibly well so you won’t have to worry about drain clogs for many years to come. Give us a call today!


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