4 Ways To Unclog A Shower Drain

After using the shower consistently, the drain is bound to become clogged. Here are some tips on how to easily fix this issue:

Boiling Water

Sometimes the easiest solution to this issue is by using boiling water. A lot of the time this method can break down the substances that clogs the drain which will then clear it. You first must boil water on the stove with a pot. Once the water starts to boil, you should then head over to the drain that is clogged and pour it in. Using a funnel of some sort will help concentrate the water on where the blockage is. If there is hair in the drain that has built up over time, then this method may not be as useful as the other methods would be. It will definitely clear up the drain partially which will allow the other methods to work properly.

Using baking soda and vinegar

This technique is very effective and will clear up most clogs you may have. Make sure before you start that you put on some rubber gloves for protection. Next you are going to want to grab half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar. Once you have both ready to go, you will first pour the baking soda down the drain and then the white vinegar. You should allow the baking soda and vinegar to sit there for about 25 minutes. This will allow the chemical reaction to take place which loosens up whatever is clogged. After waiting for about 25 minutes, you will want to pour hot water down the drain. The hot water should remove the clog, if not, then repeat the steps again for a better result.

Plunger

A simple way to unclog the shower drain is by using a plunger. Before doing anything, it is important to make sure the area around the drain is wet. When wet, it allows the plunger to work more effectively. Once the area is wet, you will want to place the plunger over the drain and make sure it is sealed. After sealing the plunger, pull up and down about 5 to 10 times to allow whatever is clogged to make its way up the drain. Take the plunger off the drain and then use a wire hanger to scoop out what is visible to you. You will then run the water to see if the drain was unclogged properly. If it is still clogged after using the plunger, pouring hot water down the drain is advised to wash away the rest.

Removing the drain cover

Although this method does involve using your hands, it tends to be very successful. You will need to attain a screwdriver in order to do this method. Sometimes the shower drain will have screws that you can remove to take the cover off. If your drain doesn’t have screws, then you can either use the screwdriver or another tool to pry open the drain cover. You will then want to put on rubber cloves for this next step to keep your hands clean. If the clog is within reach, then you can pull it out using your fingers. Sometimes the clog will be out of reach. When this happens you will want to use a wire hanger shaped in a hook to go down the drain so you can pull it out.

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