Chances are pretty good that if you have a shower, at some point or another you will run into a clogged shower drain.  But, before you start pouring harsh chemicals down your pipes that can actually do more damage than good, try a few simple techniques to unclog your shower drain naturally.  

Steps for Unclogging a Shower Drain

  1. Remove the drain screen or stopper.  If the drain pipe in your shower is covered by a screen or stopper, you must first unscrew and remove it.  Be careful not to drop any of the pieces down the drain.
  2. Grab a wire hanger.  Take a wire hanger or any piece of sturdy wire (or drain snake if you have one), and bend it with pliers to form a small hook on the end.  Then, work the hook down the drain until it catches the clog, and pull the blockage (likely hair) out of the pipe.
  3. Use the plunger.  Fill your shower with just enough hot water to cover the bottom of the plunger, and stop up the tub’s overflow opening with a wet rag to make sure that the plunger is effective.  Then start plunging, but make sure to keep the action completely vertical. After about 5 – 10 strong plunges, lift the plunger away to see that the water drains away quickly. If it still drains too slow, keep plunging.  

Most Importantly, Call your plumber.  

Whether or not you are able to get your shower drain unclogged, give us a call to make sure there are no “hidden” issues that are going to reappear later.  If the clog is too stubborn for a DIY fix, definitely do not try using chemicals or more force because it can damage your pipes, causing bigger issues. Our team will have the right tools to handle the tough job, and it’s just not work the risk of doing it on your own.

How to Avoid Shower Drain Clogs in the Future

Now that you’re equipped with this step-by-step process for unclogging your shower drain, let’s look at a few tips to ensure that it doesn’t happen again:  

  • Regular cleanings:  It’s always a good idea to clean your shower regularly, but you should also clean your shower drains regularly.  Get in the habit of cleaning them with baking soda and vinegar to keep things from clogging up.
  • Get a screen:  The only way to make sure that nothing unwanted goes down your drain in the first place is to make sure that nothing can get in.  Get a hair trap, and keep it over your shower drain.
  • Switch soaps:  What many people don’t know is that the use of different soaps does make a difference on your pipes.  Bar soap, unfortunately, causes soap scum buildup which can lead to clogged drains. Your best bet for keeping clogs at bay in the shower is to actually switch to shower gel.  Gels don’t cause buildup.

If you have any questions about how to remove clogs from your shower drains or need a professional to do the job, call us here at Tritan.  We have proven, successful methods that take care of even the toughest clogs. So, don’t wait until it’s too late!