3 Easy Ways To Fix Your Clogged Shower Drain

Posted on: 14 November 2014

Shower drains clog quickly, especially when there are a few long-haired people living in your house. These clogs are easy to fix if you act quickly, but if you let more hair accumulate, the clog will become more than you can handle by yourself. Here are three ways to fix your clogged shower drain by yourself.

Baking soda and vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar react when they're combined, and this reaction is useful for more than just school science projects. You can also use it to unclog the hair from your drain. First, you need to pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Next, combine 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water, and pour the mixture down the drain. Quickly, before the reaction can escape, cover the drain with the drain plug. This forces the bubbly reaction downwards, and into the clog. After a few minutes, remove the plug and rinse the drain with hot water. 

Drain snake

Drain snakes are a useful plumbing tool that everyone should own, but if you don't already have one, you can make a makeshift drain snake out of a wire coat hanger. This is a simple process; all you need to do is straighten the hanger, then fold one end into the shape of a small hook. This snake is inserted down the clogged drain, hook first. Move the snake around inside the drain until you feel the clog, and once you've found it, pull the snake back out. This should grab the hair. You may have to repeat this process a few times to get the whole clog.

Plunger

Plungers aren't just good for unclogging toilets; they can also unclog your shower. To do this, you need to first fill your tub with a few inches of water, and then cover the overflow. Next, press the suction cup of the plunger against the drain. With both hands, push and pull on the plunger, without breaking the seal, just like you would if you were unclogging your toilet. Remove the plunger, and if the water starts going down the drain, the clog is fixed. If not, repeat the process. 

A clogged shower drain can be fixed with these do-it-yourself methods, but only if you act quickly. As soon as you notice that your shower is draining slowly, use vinegar and baking soda, a drain snake, or a plunger. If these methods don't work, you'll need to hire a plumber, like those at Paton Bros Ltd.

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