Every household has its moments when it comes to unclogging the shower drain pipe. You are taking your shower, enjoying the warm water and relaxing, and suddenly you find that the water is rising around your feet and ankles. It appears that the drain is clogged, but it does not have to be an insoluble problem, and it is not.
Actually, clogged drains in the shower are a very common incident, because they are becoming clogged every time that we take a shower. Accumulations of dead skin, soap, shampoo, oil, scum and hair are all the culprits, even as nasty as it sounds, it is inevitable. Every time we take a shower these items are going to flow down our drain and at some point in time they will reach a concentration where the drain will become clogged.
Instead of running to the phone to call the plumber or the rooter man every time the shower drain gets clogged, here is a listing of ways to unclog the shower drain that you should attempt first. These are enough alternatives to handle up to 90 percent of your shower drain problems, but for the remainder of problems that are not solvable, feel free to call us at Sewer TV and we will be happy to give you some more ideas.
TOP 5 Methods
Using The Plumber Method To Unclog Your Shower Drains
In many cases, using a plunger is your best first response, as it is also a good way to unclog a toilet too. One tip is to spread a small amount of petroleum jelly around the edge of the plunger in order to get a tighter seal. It is also necessary to cover up any drains or openings that are overflow drains with tape or a wet wash rag. Give the plunger a good 10 to 15 plunges, and keep checking to see if your efforts are getting anything loose.
Use the Coat Hanger Method
Take the cover off the drain with a screwdriver, and look down into the drain with a flashlight. In many cases you will be able to see the mound of hair and debris, which you can easily pull out with the edge of the coat hanger made into a hook.
Use Vinegar and Baking Soda To Unclog The Drain
Take about 3/4 cups of baking soda and pour it into the drain, and then follow with the same amount of white vinegar. Once all of the ingredients are poured into the drain, cover the drain with a wet, wadded up washrag to ensure maximum action by the baking soda/vinegar solution. This will take more time, about 3 hours, but it will create a foaming action which will move things along nicely in most cases.
Use a Plumber’s Snake
These devices can be picked up at just about any hardware store and are good for stubborn and hard to reach clogs. The can be as much as 25 feet or so in length and they usually come with a hand crank to turn the snake as it goes into the drain. They are simply a long, wound wire which is flexible and will make it around and through bends in the pipe. If you can get to the clog with this apparatus, you will usually be able to move the clog along down the pipe.
Use Chemicals To Unblock The Drain
If none of the methods that have been mentioned works, you can go to the hardware store and purchase a chemical drain cleaner such as Drano or Liquid Plumber. These items are usually sulphuric acid or a similar caustic substance that is designed to dissolve the materials that are clogging up the drain. You should be very careful when using these products and wear goggles and rubber gloves.
If none of these methods are successful, then you will have to break down and call a professional plumber, as the problem may be more serious and you might need a more knowledgeable approach to the matter.
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