How To Unclog A Shower Drain

It happens to everyone: you turn the shower faucet and you have enough water to take a bath in no time. If the water in your shower is draining slowly or just is not draining at all, there’s most certainly a blockage impeding water flow. Thankfully, a clogged drain is a relatively quick fix 99% of the time. If you’re not sure how to unclog a shower drain, here are a few tips!

Snake It Out

Sometimes, you just have to get in there and clear the blockage by hand. Any visible hair surrounding the drain or elsewhere in the shower should be removed right away so your problem doesn’t become even greater. To tackle the hair deep inside the drain, you’ll want to get a drain snake. You can buy one for just a few dollars at your local home improvement store, and they’re great at reaching your drain’s deepest depths. You’ll probably have to stick it down there numerous times to get the job done, but using a snake is an age-old method to effectively clear out your drain.

Pour Some Boiling Water

If you’re lucky, boiling water may be all that you need to have a functioning drain again. High-temperature water can break down built-up soap and grease, which would create a clear path for your hair to drain properly. Be sure to not pour it all at once, but rather in smaller spurts. We only suggest you do this if you do not have PVC pipes, as boiling hot water can damage them. We do not recommend buying a drain cleaning solution from a store, as those can also harm your pipes. If boiling water doesn’t work, you can also try pouring a solution of ⅓ cup of baking soda and vinegar down the shower drain, but remove any drain filters before pouring the solution and wait an hour before running water. 

Hire A Specialist

Doing this work yourself can be tiring and time-consuming. If you don’t want to exhaust yourself trying to find which solution will work best, consider hiring a professional to do the work for you. They will know the best solution based on your situation and have your drain working in no time. If you can afford the time, calling a professional is a surefire way to prolong the health of your shower drain. If you’re ready to reach out to a team of drain cleaning specialists, consider calling All County Sewer & Drain today!