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Don’t you find it annoying when the shower drain in your bathroom becomes blocked? Besides being gross, it can seriously mess up your morning routine.

Just imagine you’re showering early in the morning, and halfway through, you notice the water is not draining. So, now you’re in a fix - do you keep showering or clear the clog?

The very thought of such a situation may make people uncomfortable. After all, who would want to dabble in waste bathwater accumulated around the drain? Luckily, we know some solutions to clear the blockage quickly and easily.

That is what we have discussed in this brief guide. So, read on if you want to keep showering in peace in the mornings!

How To Clear A Blocked Shower Drain?

An accumulation of oil, grease, or hair typically causes a shower drain blockage. Whatever the cause, clogged shower drains will always mean the water will be slow to drain. It may also make odd gurgling noises and give off repulsive odours.

Fortunately, the solutions we have discussed below can help clear any blockages. As long as you follow the steps we have provided for each method, you can get the job done without a hitch.

Removing Shower Drain Cover

1. Use A Plunger

A plunger is a simple yet effective tool for clearing blockages from your drains. It acts like a suction pump that dislodges any materials stuck in the drain. To remove the shower drain blockage with a plunger, you can follow the steps below:

  • Place the mouth of the plunger so that it covers the entire drain
  • Press the plunger firmly to attach it in place
  • Add water around it to seal the plunger
  • Push and pull on the plunger handle for a few minutes
  • Dislodge the plunger by pulling and spinning the handle

If the drain is cleared, the water around the plunger will quickly drain away. But if the blockage persists, you can follow any of the other methods described below.

2. Use Boiling Water

Pour boiling water to remove the oil and grease build-up from the shower drain. And the water flow can effectively wash away loose hairs from the drain pipe. If you want to clear out a shower drain this way, do as follows:

  • Fill up a pan with water
  • Boil the water over the stove
  • Place a funnel over the shower drain
  • Pour the water through the funnel

You can repeat the steps if the blockage is not cleared first. From our experience, you can clear out the blockage if you do it a couple of times. But if it doesn’t, then you can follow the next method.

Clearing Blockage Shower Drain Pink Glove

3. Use A Water Jet

When too much hair is in the shower drain, you can clear it with a pressurised water jet. There are specialised machines that produce high-pressure water jets. But if you want to go the DIY route, you can do it with a narrow nozzle attached to the end of a water pipe. Whichever you choose, you can follow these steps:

  • Turn off the water supply of the shower
  • Point the water jet towards the blocked drain
  • Move the jet nozzle in a circular motion over the drain

The high-pressure water flow will be sufficient to break down challenging clogs or hair in the shower drain.

4. Use Vinegar And Baking Soda

You can use a mix of vinegar and baking soda to clear a clogged shower drain. They can easily dissolve the hair, oil and grease in the pipes. All you need to do is follow the steps:

  • Turn off the water supply of the shower
  • Pour some baking soda and vinegar mixture down the drain
  • Wait for a couple of minutes
  • Pour some vinegar down the drain
  • Wait for an hour
  • Clear out the drain by pouring a mug of warm water

The baking soda and vinegar create a fizzing effect in the drain, dissolving most of the clog. The warm water at the end washes away the remaining loose debris. However, if the blockage is more stubborn, you can replace the vinegar and baking soda with more potent chemical agents.

5. Use A Drain Snake

A drain snake or drain auger is a plumbing tool that removes blockages from drains. It consists of an elongated wire made of plastic or metal. You can purchase a professional drain snake and make a DIY snake with some spare wire. Once you have it, you can clear the blockage by following these simple steps.

  • Push the snake down through the drain opening
  • Keep pushing it until you reach the blockage
  • Dislodge the clog by pushing and twisting the snake
  • Carefully pull the snake back out of the drain

This method has a reasonably high success rate at clearing most drain blockages. But you should be careful not to poke the snake too much, or else it might scratch or damage the inner lining of the drain.

Wire Hanger Remove Hair Shower Drain

Clear Your Stubborn Shower Blockage!

Those were a few simple methods to clear out shower drain blockages. They sound easy enough to do on your own, don’t they?

Of course, in case of significant blockages caused by tree roots or damaged pipelines, you must call a plumber. Such an issue will require extensive repairs, which a qualified professional can best handle.

We suggest you resolve the clogged shower drain problems as soon as possible. That way, you can prevent the problem from complicating things any further. WP Plumbing in Melbourne is always here for emergency assistance with a blocked drain. From blocked shower drains to pipe relining, our team are equipped to help with it all! So, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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