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How to Unclog a Shower Drain

There’s nothing worse than expecting to take a nice, relaxing shower and then stepping into a tub of water that won’t drain. It’s hard to control the shampoo and soap residue, dirt, hair and dead skin cells that clog up your shower. But when it happens, what are you to do?

The shower drain trap, the U-shaped pipe below the floor often collects debris and causes clogs. At Roto-Rooter, we believe that a clogged drain shouldn’t derail your entire day. That’s why our expert plumbers are going to teach you how to unclog a shower drain yourself. Here are a few methods you can use.

Home Coat Hanger Remedy

It might be a bit crude, but there is a reason it works. Sometimes, you don’t need specialized tools to clean a shower drain, only a coat hanger.

First, you’re going to want to bend the coat hanger so you can easily push the hook end down the drain. Next, you need to remove the drain cover. Place the screws in a safe place and push the hanger down until you feel it hit the trap we mentioned earlier. Slowly twist the hanger back and forth. Then, pull out the hanger and see if there is any residue. Follow the same process as long as there is residue coming out.

Now all that’s left is to run hot water down the drain to make sure it’s no longer clogged. If that didn’t fix the issue, it’s time to move on to the next method.

Enzyme Cleaners

These biological cleaners can help you unclog your shower drain. It uses enzymes and bacteria to attack the clog. Make sure you wear gloves and goggles, then simply pour the recommended amount listed on the bottle down the drain. Now, while enzyme cleaners are safer for your pipes than chemical ones, they do take some time to get working. Give this solution some time before calling in bigger guns.

Clogged Drain Prevention Tip

If you’re interested in learning how to prevent drain clogs, our plumbing experts have a tip for you. About twice a year, take half a cup of baking soda and pour it down your shower drain. Then pour one cup of boiling water after that to wash the baking soda down. This will help eat away at any residue that’s beginning to clog your drains.

Drain Still Clogged? Call Roto-Rooter Today!

Your shower drain is an important part of your home or business. If you’re still having issues, it’s time to call the local plumbers at Roto-Rooter. Our plumbing experts have decades of experience and can quickly get your shower working properly again. And with 24/7 emergency service, you’ll never have to worry about being put on a waiting list.