A clogged shower drain can be a serious headache. One moment you're enjoying a refreshing shower, and the next moment you're ankle deep in dirty water.
Don't go reaching for a chemical-based drain cleaner just yet. Those cleaners can be harmful to your pipes and bad for the environment. Go green and try these tips for unclogging your drain, and get in touch with us if you need any further help!
Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution
You can create your own drain cleaner using a solution made of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar. To start, remove the drain cover, put on some rubber gloves and remove any gunk you can reach with your fingers.
Next, reach down the drain with a plumber's snake and pull out the hair and gunk that is clogging the shower drain. If you don't have a plumber's snake you can bend an old coat hanger into shape or cut notches into a long zip tie to do the trick.
Once you have cleared out as much of the clog as you can with the plumber's snake, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with the stopper or with a damp washcloth and let the solution work for about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, boil some water and pour it down the drain after the 10 minutes is up. Reach down again with your plumber's snake to clear out any clogged material that the solution broke up. Check down the drain with a flashlight and make sure you got everything.
To finish up, run some water to make sure the drain is working properly. If it is, you can take a nice warm shower after all that hard work! If the drain is still clogged, read on and try the next tip.
For Clogs Further Down the Drain
Some clogs will build up in places beyond the reach of the plumber's snake. If that is the case, you can try to pull the clogged debris closer to you by using a plunger. Run a little water around the drain area, and seal the plunger over the drain. Move the handle up and down several times to pull the debris closer to you. Pull the plunger off and try using the snake and the baking soda solution again to get that clog out. Check with a flashlight and test the drain again before you get in the shower.
If these solutions don't work, give John Bathke & Son Plumbing a call and let us put our experience and expertise to work for you. If you have any leaks or problems in the bathroom, or anywhere else in the house, we can take care of it!