At first place, it is best to avoid clogged shower drains. But what if you have already got a clogged shower drain? Hair, soap, and dirt are some of the most common causes of clogged shower drains in households. This post reveals 5 time-tested tips to unblock your shower drainage.
Some Tell-Tale Signs Of a Blocked Shower Drain
You are taking the a shower and you see water is accumulating on the bathroom flooring instead of going down the drain. You keep waiting but the water drains at extremely slow pace. This is a clear sign you have a blocked drainage problem. And the longer you wait to unblock the drain, the worse your drainage situation will become. Thus, it is wise to fix the clogged drain at earliest.
Unblocking a Clogged Shower Drain: 6 Proven Tips
Run Hot Water Down The Drain
Hot water can crack-up a build-up of grease, soap, dirt or hair knotted with each other, and can wash it away from your drainage pipe. If not the whole build-up, this method can help partially breakdown the blockage and make the blockage lose its grip inside the pipe. You can use this method in combination with one of the below listed ones to fully clear the blockage.
If the blockage is located too far from the plughole, using plunger won’t do much help. The location and type of clog determine if using plunger can turn out to be an effective solution or not. Apply petroleum jelly on the edge of the plunger’s cup to ensure a tight seal with the drain plughole and air-proof suction. Alternatively, you can also submerge the plunging cup to ensure perfect seal. Don’t have a plunger at home? You can find it in your local hardware store or a supermarket. And it’s available at a cheap price.
Try a Mix Of Baking Soda And Vinegar
This is a DIY drain cleaner formula. And great news is that, it doesn’t damage drainage pipes in long term like chemical drain cleaners. Take a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Let it settle for approximately 5 minutes and then pour a cup of vinegar in the drainage pipe. Leave it for 30 minutes and then check if the blockage is cleared. If the clog is dissolved, pour some hot water down the drain to clear the pipe completely.
Hook it up!
You can also use a piece of wire to reach the clog and break it into parts that can be easily cleared away with tap water. Form a hook at the end of the wire which can be used to trap the clog.
Use Chemical Drain Cleaner
You will find a huge range of chemical cleaners in your local hardware stores and supermarkets. Don’t pick a very strong one as it can damage the pipe structure over frequent usage.
Call Out a Drain Unblocking Specialist
If none of above drain unblocking methods fix the issue or you simply don’t want to deal with the mess on own, seek help of a professional drain unblocking service provider in your area. They are trained drainage engineers and know how to tackle worst blockage or any other drainage problem you may have causing least inconvenience.
Which of the above methods you are going to try to unblock your troubling shower drain? You can try a combination of two or more methods listed above.