How to Unclog a Shower Drain


Nothing is worse than enjoying a long, hot shower after a rough day and then looking down to realize you’re standing in a puddle of dirty water. If this has happened to you, it is likely that your shower drain is clogged. Your first thought is probably, “This is gross!” Then you may start wondering how to unclog a shower drain yourself.

First, it’s good to know how your drain got clogged in the first place. This problem often occurs because of lumps of hair that have fallen and knotted inside the drain. Other causes are soap build-up, dirt or excess grease. As easy as it is to clog the drain, it’s also pretty simple to undo the damage. The majority of clogged shower drains can be fixed really easily using a few simple methods.

Boiling water

Pouring boiling water down the drain in small increments can sometimes break down the grease or soap particles, making it easier for water to drain. This method on it’s own may not be a simple fix, but combining it with the other methods below can end with better results.

Baking soda and vinegar

Forget harsh chemicals and go natural with baking soda and vinegar. All you have to do is pour the baking soda down the drain and let it sit for a while, then pour a good amount of natural vinegar next. Let the mixture resonate in the drain for an hour or so and then pour boiling water down the drain. These natural ingredients can dissolve the hair stuck in the drain, making it easier for passing water to drain.

Get in there and get dirty

The easiest way to remove hair and dirt from a clogged shower drain is to pop off the drain cap with a screwdriver and stick your hands down the drain to remove the hair yourself. This method can be grimy and dirty, so we would recommend wearing gloves of some sort.

Plumbers’ snake

It’s as easy as one, two, three. Put the tool down the drain, locate the blockage and pull it out. This can also be done with a makeshift snake. For example, using a coat hanger that has been stretched out and bent into a hook.

If all else fails, call On Time Elmer Plumbing if you are unable to do it yourself, are worried about using harsh chemicals or have any bathroom plumbing concerns.

(Related article: How to unclog a sink)

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