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August 30th, 2018 in Plumbing How To Instructions

How to Remove a Shower Drain Cover


There comes a time in most of our lives that our shower just doesn’t drain quickly enough. If fixing that dilemma falls onto your shoulders, here’s a few tips we hope will help get you started.

In order to get a look at the problem, your first task will be to remove the shower drain cover. As I’m sure you’ve noticed on vacation trips, not all drain covers are the same. It is always a good idea to take a good look at the type you have.

First check and see how your drain cover is attached. Often times you will see 1 or 2 screws, probably needing a phillips head. Make sure to take the time to safely store away any screws that become in your possession during your project. You don’t want them falling down into your shower drain.

You may also see a drain plug that just needs to be unscrewed, pulled up, or wiggled out of its spot. Before giving it too much muscle, check and see if it has a set screw keeping you from removing it. Depending on how much time has passed since its last removal, you may want to have a lubricant like WD-40 on hand and a pair of needle nose pliers.

Common Shower Drain Cover Types
Screw In Grill – These look like a grilled strainer, unscrew and remove.
Push/Pull – Grab the stopper body and unscrew the top knob, then unscrew the insert beneath and lift the stopper.
Lift/Turn – Check and see if there is a set screw to loosen (not remove), then screw off.
Pop-Up Covers – These may pull straight up and off, or may need to be wiggled a bit.
Toe Touch Covers – Take a good look at how it is attached. You may be able to unscrew and remove the cap from the open position, or in other cases the complete unit will unscrew and can be removed.
Flip-It Style – No tools needed, just take a hold and turn while you pull.

If removing the drain cover has uncovered a bit more trouble than excess hair, consider giving us a call to give your shower drain a good cleaning.

We can help you get your shower running smoothly again in West Haven & Fairfield Counties, Rick’s Plumbing can help! Check out our money saving coupons and then give Rick’s Plumbing a call. If you need it quick, call Rick!



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