Wherever you have lived, at one point or another you’ve probably experienced a clogged shower drain. Picture taking a nice long shower the suddenly “uh oh!” you’re ankle deep in water. You’re shower has now turned into a shallow bath.
Clogged shower drain is a nuisance for any home owner to deal with. It’s a stubborn drain to clean. Often, a clogged shower can be avoided by installing a hair strainer on your drain. You can get one of these at any local hardware store such as Home Depot and they cost less the $10.
Causes for Clogged Showers
Shower drains and bathtub drains can become clogged easily because of all the hair and soap that travels down them. Every time you take a shower particles from the soap can stick to the insides of the drain and build up over time. With this they catch anything else that goes down the drain including hair. If you notice that the water isn’t draining as fast as it used to in your shower, have a look in the drain. Most drains will have a sort of X or + looking metal piece. You’ll likely see a build up of hair over this. We know if’s gross and slimy but if you want you can reach down and pull out as much of it as you can. You can also use a pair of tweezers so you don’t have to touch it. Usually this will help a lot, so long as you get as much as you can see.
What If It’s Still Clogged?
If you’ve taken out as much hair and grime as you can and the water still isn’t going down the shower drain then the problem may be deeper then you can see. This is when you can try a few other methods to see if you can solve the issue yourself.
Boiling Water for Clogged Showers
This is probably the most common solution. You’ll just need a small pot of boiling water and a small amount of salt and you might just break up that thick clog deep in the drain in no time.
Baking Soda and Vinegar for Clogged Showers
This one can be both fun and beneficial for your shower drain. Add some baking soda to the drain, start with about 1/4 cup. Then add some vinegar a small amount at a time until you hear and see it start foaming. Watch the fun and wait for it to stop, then pour a bit of boiling water down the drain. This should help clearing that stubborn drain clog.
A Plunger, Yes You Can Try That
You may think that a plunger is just for your toilet, but it can be used for other drains in your house as well. Just be a bit more gentle with it. Place it over the drain and utilize it’s suction to dislodge the clog. This is really handy if you still have water in the bathtub. This way you can tell if it’s working right away when the water starts to drain.
My Shower is Still Clogged!!
At this point you may be looking at a much larger issue in your clogged shower drain. If you’ve tried the methods above and they have failed, you might need to call one of our professional Ottawa Plumbers. They will be happy to help you with your clogged drain issues.