A sluggish drain makes every shower unpleasant. Instead of enjoying a relaxing shower, you’re forced to stand in an inch of soapy water. The water swirls around slowly, but won’t go down quickly. It’s a frustrating problem that’s unfortunately also quite common.
So, what can you do about it?
Many times, there’s a simple DIY solution that will clear your drain and give you your shower back again. Here are some of the best methods for taking care of pesky shower clogs on your own:
Eliminate the Clog Manually
If you have the stomach for it, remove the drain cover from your shower if possible. Then, look around to see if you notice a clog. You can even run your finger around the drain to see if there’s hair blocking the drain. Pull out the clog if possible.
If the clog appears to be deeper, you can use a coat hanger to try to remove it. Use a flashlight to help you examine the pipe more closely. Then, use a wire cutter to cut the coat hanger so that you can use a long thin piece. Fold a tiny hook on the end that you’ll use to fish out the clog. Then, go fishing for your clog! You may have to repeatedly put the hanger in to remove pieces of the clog, depending on the size. Persistence is key! Eventually, you’ll get it all out and leave your drain free and clear.
Still no luck? You can also purchase a drain snake from your local hardware store. For as little as $10, you can find a simple version of the snake that will increase your reach when trying to unclog your drain. There are also more expensive snake tools that offer improved performance and range.
Typically clogs are wads of hair that get stuck in your pipes. However, soap scum and dead skin can exacerbate the problem and line your pipes. Hard water is another problem that can add a small layer of minerals to your pipes, creating a clog. When you can’t find a hair clog manually, you can try magic mixes that make use of regular kitchen items to get rid of your clog.
Here are a few you can try:
Vinegar and baking soda are a great combination of natural cleaners that won’t damage your pipes or harm the environment. Many times they can eliminate clogs. But, how do you do it?
Using a funnel, pour about 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Then, pour 1 cup of white vinegar down. This will create a fizzy, bubbly solution. To make it go south, rather than coming back up into your shower, plug the drain with a rubber stopper. Wait 20 to thirty minutes and then attempt to wash it down with hot or boiling water.
Pour about 1 cup of liquid dish soap down the drain. Allow it to sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, flush it out with hot or boiling water. For best results, use a large amount of water, up to a gallon is great.
Some people swear by using soda or carbonated drinks to clear up clogged drains. Try dumping a liter down followed by hot water.
Solutions for Standing Water
If there’s standing water that simply won’t go down, try using a plunger. Make sure you place the plunger completely over the drain and push down quickly in succession. Give the drain a few seconds to react, then try again. Hopefully, the water recedes enough so that you can try one of the above methods.
Hire A Professional
No luck with any of these home methods? If you can’t manage to get the clog to go away, then you may need the help of a professional plumber. Professional plumbers have access to additional equipment and methods that can get rid of that clog so that you can have access to a nice, clog-free shower again!
From cameras to special snaking and cutting tools to power jets, professional plumbers can often make light work of even the most difficult clogs. Also, if something more complicated is at the root of your sluggish drain, the plumber will be able to diagnose and address the issue.
Once you’ve addressed your drain clog, it may be time to invest in a new drain protector. By preventing problematic items such as hair and lint from entering your drain in the first place, you can lessen the chances that your drain will clog again.