How to Unclog Your Shower Drain

There’s nothing uncommon about a clogged shower drain. With that said, do you have repeat episodes and just consider them inevitable?

Well, they don’t need to be, not with a little advice both for clearing a clogged shower drain and keeping it cleared. 

  • Boiling water

If you want to keep your hands off what’s blocking your shower drain, here’s the place to start. Boil a tea kettle full of water and pour it down the drain. With any luck, that will be your first and last step.

  • Coat hanger

The drain is still clogged? Then grab a wire hanger, shape one end into a small hook and straighten the rest of it, using pliers as needed. Next, fish the hooked end into the drain and grab up the built-up hair, soap scum, and whatever else has worked its way down there. Then pour in some boiling water to finish the job. 

  • Baking soda and vinegar mix

Mix together ½ cup each of baking soda and distilled white vinegar and pour it down the drain. Let it sit and fizz for about a half-hour and, once again, top it off with a heaping dose of boiling water. Don’t get frustrated if you need to repeat the process.

  • Dish detergent

If your drain is still clogged, try using a thicker lubricant to loosen the built-up “stuff” that has combined to form the clog. Pour 1/4 cup of your dish detergent down the drain followed by boiling water. The thick detergent should free the hairs from the side of your drain thus enabling water to drain freely.

Other than the coat hanger trick, any of these remedies are equally effective at drain clog prevention. Still, if you have a clogged drain – shower or otherwise – that you can’t budge, Plumbtastic can. Simply contact us for service and, before you know it, that clog will be history.    

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