Blocked drains are a nightmare for any homeowner, regardless of size or severity. They can cause an extremely unclean environment and can disrupt your home by causing damaging leaks and burst pipes if left untreated. It is important to take preventative measures to keep your shower drain in the best condition possible.
Over time, hair and soap can build up in the drainage pipes causing a clogged shower drain. Sometimes a toy or household object may have fallen through the shower drain opening. Your soap scum and all the other stuff can all contribute to creating a clogged shower.
You can identify an issue with your shower drainage by noticing these signs:
- Slow draining water
- Strong smell from the drain opening
- Gurgling sound
By following these five easy tips, you can unblock your clogged shower drain and clear your blockage without any hassle. The best thing is you only need to use items you can find at home.
Keep in mind that for any larger drains such as stormwater or sewer drain blockages, the help of a licensed plumber is always recommended as they would have the best equipment and industry knowledge on clearing your blocked drains.
What is the best way to unclog a shower drain?
1) Boiling Water
To unblock your shower drain, boil a hot water kettle and pour the water down the drain. This method is perfect for simple and smaller drains that need a slight loosening of the grease, soap scum and hair build-up.
Please make sure you only use boiling water on your metal or ceramic pipes, as using it on PVC will loosen the joints. This method is excellent for the environment as no chemicals are used. And it is quick and easy to clear your clogged drain.
Make sure you always protect yourself when handling boiling water. Wearing gloves can protect your hands from burns and scales.
Depending on the severity and the item lodged inside the drain, a good plunge is sometimes all you need to unblock your drain shower.
This method is only effective on solid blockages such as toilet paper. A plunger should be large enough to cover the whole drain opening.
When using a plunger, ensure that the up and down strokes are vigorous and are applied with a good amount of pressure.
About ten strokes should do the trick, and this method may take a few attempts to get the obstruction moving along the pipework.
3) Baking soda and vinegar
This chemical-free DIYremedy is a great way to naturally clear your blocked shower drain using baking soda and vinegar. Start by pouring hot water down your drain, then add ½ cup of baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.
Follow this step by pouring a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water again. Let the mix react for 5-10 minutes. Finish off by flushing the drain once more with boiling hot water.
You can try the baking soda and vinegar method multiple times as the ingredients won’t cause harm to the environment or your pipework.
4) Wire Hanger
A simple and effective way to unclog your shower drain is by using a household metal coat hanger.
All you need to do is unbend the wire hanger and make a small hook on one of the ends. Feed it through the drain and carefully fish out any objects or debris causing the blockage. When you feel resistance, you know you have reached the obstruction.
Carefully move the wire until you think you have anchored the object and slowly retrieve it.
This method may take a few tries, and patience is required if you’re working with a small area.
5) High-pressure Jet Blaster
For the more severe blockages, a high-pressure jet blaster is best. Most experienced and licensed plumbers carry a jet blaster on them as this method is excellent for objects such as tree roots lodged inside the pipework.
With CCTV camera work, your blockage will be located and cleared simultaneously.
You should call your local licensed plumber for any major blockages, as they will know precisely how to get your blocked shower drain cleared effectively.
A drainage expert will unclog an obstruction effectively and suggest how to prevent a plumbing emergency in the future.
Regular household drainage cleaning can eliminate build up inside the pipes and monitor the condition of your existing pipe and drainage system.
Unblocking Your Shower Drain
If none of the DIY methods works, there may be a more severe problem that could even be affecting your plumbing system and vents.
At Fixed Today, we believe that prevention is better than a cure, and we have the resources available to protect your property from overflowing drains and damaged pipework. Call us for an in-depth action plan for your blocked drains.