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How to Unclog a Shower Drain


If you find yourself standing in an inch of water during your morning shower, you likely have a drain clog. After several weeks of showers, hair and soap scum accumulate in the pipes. Fortunately, there are simple methods you can employ to unclog your shower drain.

Superficial Clogs

Begin by unscrewing and removing the drain cover. The drain will most likely have scum and hair hanging from it. Use a straightened wire hanger to remove any leftover scum that may be in the pipe. To check this quick fix, run the shower for a few minutes.

Deeper Clogs

If there is still standing water, there are a couple of different remedies. First, make your own drain cleaner by using household products. A combination of a half a cup of white vinegar and a half a cup of baking soda is effective. Pour this mixture down the drain and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes. Then pour boiling water down the drain. Another option is to use any number of chemical drain cleaners. They are usually more powerful than the baking soda. You can buy these cleaners at the hardware store or grocery store. For your safety, wear rubber gloves when using chemicals. In addition, always follow the product’s directions. They work similar to the baking soda mixture.

Very Difficult Clogs

Are you still getting a back up in the drain? Sometimes clogs are very stubborn and lodged deep in the drains. Take a flashlight to peer down the pipe. If the clog is in sight, use the wire hanger again to dislodge it. If it is not in sight, let about an inch of water fill up in the tub or shower. Use a plunger to pull the clog up into view. Once you can see the clog, remove with fingers or the wire hanger. Repeat the use of the chemical cleaner or the baking soda mixture. After flushing the cleaner, do not use the drain for a few hours.



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