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September 20th, 2018 in Drain Cleaning, Plumbing Tips

How to Clear a Clogged Shower Drain


Clogged Shower DrainWe all know that shower drains can become clogged from time to time. And I think we know what it is probably clogged with … HAIR. If you want to give it a go at unclogging it yourself, here’s a few things to try that may help.

Boiling water and a plunger are two of the most common first efforts to try. It’s worth trying, but remember, this is not a kitchen sink. You are probably battling a soap and hair clog.

Natural or Commercial Drain Cleaner? Baking soda and vinegar combine for a natural drain cleaner. Click here for the recipe. A commercial drain cleaner will have more muscle, but because of the caustic ingredients, be extra sure to follow the directions exactly.

At this point the next step would be to take off the drain cover. Click here for removal tips and get to work. Trying to pull out the clog by hand has the best chance of working, but be prepared to get dirty!

You may want to buy or borrow a plumber’s snake if you can’t reach the clog. It will allow you to reach further into the drain. If hair is truly the culprit of your sluggish drain, it may help you pull enough of it out to slowly restore function.

Keep in mind though, other things like tree roots could be interfering, and that will most likely require professional assistance.

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