You’re probably reading this article right now because you have found yourself with the common but very inconvenient problem of a clogged shower drain. The good news is you have already started on the right track by deciding to take action — the longer you try to ignore a clogged drain, the worse the problem will get, and the more complicated the solution will become. Read on below for several ways to unclog a blocked shower drain that you can try yourself.
The quickest solution is to try to pour boiling water down the drain to see if that moves whatever is clogging it. Simply boil water in a kettle and carefully pour it down the drain. Run the shower at a normal temperature afterwards to check if it worked.
Remove the Obstruction by Hand
Hair is the most common culprit when it comes to blocked drains! Pop on some gloves, remove the drain cover (many will twist out or can be popped out with a screwdriver but some require you remove a couple of screws) and see if you can reach any clumps of hair that might be blocking the drain. If you can’t see anything, or can see hair but can’t reach it, you can use a piece of wire (or straighten out a coat hanger) to reach further down the drain. You can also use a plunger to bring the blockage close to the top of the pipe.
Use cleaning products
Your local Woolies or Bunnings will have a plethora of cleaning products that you can use to unblock drains. Some of these chemicals can be extremely strong and corrosive, so make sure you follow the instructions carefully and use gloves and goggles. If you dislike using strong chemical products, you can alternatively make your own cleaning product using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. For this more natural solution, pour boiling water down the drain, followed by 3/4 a cup of baking soda. After letting the baking soda sit for a few minutes, pour 1/2 a cup of white vinegar down the drain followed immediately by 1.2 cup of boiling water. The ingredients will react with each other and start to bubble, so pour more water down the drain to keep the mixture in the pipes. Leave it for a couple of hours and then flush it away by running the shower.
Sometimes these DIY methods will not be enough to unclog a shower drain. If this is the case your problem may come from something more complicated like an insoluble mass further down the pipe or a tree root obstructing water flow. If this is the case the best option is to call a qualified Pascoe’s plumber and have them tackle the problem.
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