Shower drain

9 Tips for Cleaning a Shower Drain

Have you ever been taking a pleasant shower only to notice the water creeping up your ankles? With the amount of soap, hair, and gunk that goes down a shower drain, it’s no wonder they clog often. Shower drain clogs can be frequent, but they’re a headache nonetheless.

The good news is that you don’t have to call a plumber every time your shower backs up. Let’s consider nine options for taking care of your shower drain clog yourself.

Tips for Cleaning a Shower Drain

Don’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaners

First, never use liquid drain cleaners or “liquid plumbers.” These agents will dissolve clogs, but there’s nothing keeping these powerful chemicals from damaging your plumbing’s components too. Drain cleaners are also known to leave a residue that creates future clogging issues. Leave the liquid drain cleaners on the store shelf.

Try a Hot Water Flush

Close your shower curtain and turn the water as hot as you can get it, and let it run for five to ten minutes. Very hot water may be all you need to get rid of the clog.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar

Hot water alone may not be enough to take care of your issues. Dump a half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Seal the drain and allow the mixture to go after the clog for a half hour. Rinse with hot water to flush away the clog.

Manual Extraction

Many times shower drain clogs are right below the drain cover and can be removed with ease. Put some gloves on, unscrew your drain cover, and reach your hand in there to extract any clogs. Screw the cover back on, and you’re set.

Try Plunging

Often plunging is all you need to get the clog out. Add enough water to cover the drain and plunger’s head, seal the plunger’s head over the drain – and get plunging. For showers, you’ll need to use a standard cup plunger. Don’t be discouraged if the clog doesn’t instantly dislodge. Give it a few minutes of elbow grease, and you could be surprised at results.

Plumbing Snakes

You can buy a household plumbing snake from your local home improvement store. Follow the directions to extract the clog.

Coat Hanger

If you don’t want to drive to the store, you can try making your own snake. Grab a metal hanger and untwist to form a snake with a hook at one end. Insert the hanger hook first until you’ve located the clog and pull it out. Be careful not to damage your plumbing.

Call Blue River Plumbing

If you’ve tried all these and more and still can’t get the clog to go away, you’ll need to call a professional. Most clog calls won’t cost you much more than a service charge so don’t fiddle around with your drain and don’t disassemble anything, call Blue River Plumbing.

Avoiding Clogs

Hindsight is 20/20, but you can keep reducing your chances of a clog by adding a drain cover or secondary filter to your current drain. This can keep hair and large pieces of debris from getting flushed away and clogging your shower to begin with.

A clogged shower drain can ruin your day, but you can try tackling it yourself with the methods above. If you’re ever uncomfortable trying these techniques or have a beast of a clog, call Blue River Plumbing to get your pipes flowing again.