How To Unclog A Shower Drain

How To Unclog A Shower Drain Naturally

Being a homeowner, I’ve faced clogged shower drain multiple times.

Yes, It is frustrating to have a clogged shower drain.

I used to consult a professional plumber to unclog the shower drain in the bathroom until I found a few natural solutions that worked.

This article will instruct you on various natural methods to unclog a shower drain.

The Problem

You need to identify what causes the clogging of your shower drain before you get to the solution.

Hair, soap scum, and mineral buildup contribute a lot to clogging your shower drain.

Remove and check under the drain cover for possible blockages if you use a standing shower.

If It is too dark to look down, use a flashlight or your phone light.

Once the problem is identified, now it’s easy to fix it.

Now choose the most appropriate method to remove a clog from any shower drain.

Method 1: Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda are the finest ingredients to unclog your shower drain.

I’ve tried it.

Let’s break the process into a step-by-step guide.

  1. Boil water in a pot and pour it into the drain. It’ll help you loss the residue.
  2. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain. It’ll take around 5 minutes to sit or liquefy.
  3. Once the baking soda is liquified, pour a cup of vinegar into the drain. Cover the drain with a plug, cloth, or something solid.
  4. Combining vinegar and baking soda will take a few minutes to fizz and bow. That mean’s it has started to unclog your shower’s drain.
  5. After 30 minutes, boil the water and pour it into the drain to rinse the junk.

Method 2: Salt and Baking Soda

Salt and baking soda work the same as vinegar and baking soda. Although not that effective, it still works fine.

  1. Mix a cup of salt and baking soda equally and rush the combination into the drain. It’ll take 20 minutes to sit into the drain properly.
  2. Pour cooking water into the drain, which will wash out the trash. Even if the waste is not visible.
  3. They both are not reactive to each other. Together they work perfectly to dissolve any waste causing the drain’s clog.

Method 3: Unclog a shower drain with Plunger

Plunger works fine if there is a slight blockage causing the clog. Plunger is a simple bathroom tool that unclogs a drain with suction and pressure.

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  1. Fill enough water into the shower to a bathtub to cover the plunger head. 
  2. Set the plunger exactly over the clogged drain and keep pushing down and up(suction and pressure) non-stop for 30-50 seconds. 
  3. The process creates suction that results in dislodging the clog. 
  4. Now run some water into the clog to see if it has been cleared.

Method 4: Wire Hanger

A wire hanger only works if the drain is blocked because of hair.

Make a small hook at one end of the hanger. But make sure your hanger is straightened.

Insert the hooked side into the drain and bend the ganger to grab hair and other waste. It’ll pull out the hair from the clogged drain.

Repeat the process 2-3 times to unclog a drain completely.

Method 5: Wet/Dry Vacuum

Wet and dry vacuum work great to stink out wastages from a clogged shower drain.

Use a veined towel to wrap the vent on the vacuum hose.

It’ll create a seal.

And place the hose exactly over the blocked drain and turn on the vacuum. The process will take around 3-5 minutes to remove junk.

But It doesn’t clean it that perfectly. Flow some boiling water through the drain to flush out any remains.

Preventing Future Clogs

Once you have successfully unclogged your shower drain, it is essential to control prospective clogs.

Here are some tips:

  1. Use a drain cover. A drain cover doesn’t let the hair, soap scum, and waste go inside the drain.
  2. Dispose of the water properly and flow the boiling water through the drain twice a month.
  3. Throw food scraps, oil, and grease in the dustbin instead of the kitchen sinks.

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