Blocked drains are a nightmare for any homeowner, no matter what size or severity. They can cause an extremely unhygienic environment and can disrupt your home by causing leaks and burst pipes if left untreated.
Over time, hair and soap can build up in the drainage pipes causing a clog. Or a toy or household object may have fallen through the drain opening. These 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 5 easy tips on how to unblock your drain in the shower, you can be prepared and clear your blockage without any hassle. And by using 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 licenced 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
Simply boil a kettle of hot water and pour the water down the drain. This method is perfect for simple and smaller drains that just need a little loosening of the grease, soap scum and hair build-up.
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 great for the environment as no chemicals are used. And it is quick and easy.
Make sure you always protect yourself when handling hot water. Wearing gloves can protect your hands from burns and scales.
Depending on the severity and the item that is lodged inside the drain, a good plunge is sometimes all you need to clear your blocked 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 10 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 DIY remedy is a great way to naturally clear your blocked shower drain. Start by pouring boiling 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 mixture react for 5-10 minutes. Finish off by flushing the drain once more with boiling hot water.
You can try this 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, 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 that is 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 the area your working with is small.
5) High pressure Jet Blaster
For the more severe blockages, the use of a high pressure jet blaster is best. Most experienced and licenced plumbers carry a jet blaster on them as this method is great for objects such as tree roots lodged inside the pipework.
Along with CCTV camera work, your blockage will be located and cleared at the same time.
For any major blockages, it's best that you call your local licenced plumber as they will know exactly how to get your blocked shower drain cleared effectively.
A drainage expert will unclog an obstruction effectively and gave suggestions on 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.
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.