How to Unclog a Shower Drain

Chances are, your shower gets used at least once—if not multiple times—per day. With this much use, it is easy for a shower to get clogged. Soap, hair, and other items can cause a clog in your shower drain, causing the bottom of your shower to quickly fill up with water.

Unclogging your shower drain is easy. Simply follow the tips below from R.V. Carey’s! If you notice your shower drain is clogging more than normal, there could be larger problem that requires a professional. Call R.V. Carey’s if you need a professional to fix your clog.

Ways to Unclog Your Shower Drain

  1. Use superficial drain cleaning products. These can be found at any hardware or grocery store and are easy to use. Note that these chemicals can wear and tear your pipes and should not be used often.
  2. Remove the drain stopper and clean manually. After you remove the stopper, grab a flashlight and look down the drain. Chances are, the clog will be caused by hair. However, if you notice a larger object in your drain, you may need to call a plumber.
  3. Use a plunger to clear the clog. Simply fill your bathtub with one to two inches of water, seal the plunger around the drain, move the handle up and down a few times, and release. You may have to repeat this a few times before the clog is clear and the water goes down.
  4. Use baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour ½ cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by ½ of vinegar. The two will create a chemical reaction, resulting in bubbles. Cover the drain with a wet washcloth and let it bubble for ten minutes. Remove the washcloth and rinse with boiling water.

Bigger Problem in the MD, DC, or VA area? Call R.V. Carey’s

If you try unclogging your shower drain and can’t seem to get the problem resolved, there could be a larger issue at stake. Call R.V. Carey’s for professional plumbing services in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC area.