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 essential 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 slow drain or 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
- Other blockages (e.g. clogged toilet)
Following these five easy tips, you can unblock your clogged shower drain from a hair clog, soap scum and grime, etc. and clear your blockage without any hassle to prevent overflow drain or standing water. The best thing is you only need to use items you can find at home.
Remember that for a larger blocked drain, 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 And Keep Your Shower Drain Clear?
We have listed the best (and easiest) ways to clear shower drain clogs below:
1) Boiling Water
If you’ve got shower water that drains slowly, you can unblock your shower drain with a simple method. Boil your water in a 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 ensure 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 shower drains, a good plunge is sometimes all you need to unblock your drain shower. Wear your rubber gloves and line the seal of the plunger with petroleum jelly to help create better suction, making the plunger more effective.
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.
After drain cleaning, install a basic rubber or plastic drain cover to capture hair, soap scum, etc. Don’t forget to place the drain plug in place if it’s a bathtub drain.
3) Baking Soda And Vinegar
This chemical-free DIY remedy is a great way to naturally clear your blocked shower drain using baking soda and vinegar. Pour boiling water down your drain, then add ½ cup of baking soda. Let your baking soda mixture sit for a few minutes.
Follow this step by pouring a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar (we highly recommend distilled white 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. Unlike a chemical drain cleaner that uses toxic chemicals, your vinegar and baking soda concoction won’t cause harm to the environment or your pipework.
4) Wire Hanger
A household metal coat hanger is a simple and effective way to unclog your shower drain. This method is especially helpful for hair and soap scum build-up.
All you need to do is unbend the wire coat hanger and make a small hook on one of the ends. Feed it through the clogged shower drains 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 requires patience if you work with a small area. You can also do the same thing with a drain snake (plumbing snake). However, you will need to buy one from your local hardware store,
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 shower drain blockage will be located and cleared simultaneously.
Need Professional Help? Call Your Local Blocked Drain Plumber
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 your shower drain clogs 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.
Unclogging A Shower Drain With Simple, Easy Steps
Many things can clog drains in your shower. From long hair clogs to organic matter and small objects, there can be a multitude of reasons. Just remember, whenever you remove clogs from your drain, to wear gloves. And, only use hot water if you have metal pipes.
Drain covers are also a great way to prevent any blockages in your water flow. But if none of the DIY methods works, a more severe problem may affect your plumbing system and vents.
At Fixed Today, we believe 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 clogged drains.
That is all for our guide on removing a shower drain clog DIY. Check out our blog for more tips and tricks on stubborn clogs, natural drain cleaners, preventing clogs, and more!