Plumbing Tips: How to Remove Clogs from a Shower Drain

December 07, 2015

Do you get shower clogs on a regular basis? Don't worry, you are not alone. In fact, plumbing companies report that they are often called to clear out shower clogs.  You lose hair every time you shower and shampoo. The hair that escapes down the drain collects until it has formed an effective clog.

Use a Plunger

The first thing to do is use the toilet plunger. Make sure you put a wet rag into the overflow opening to prevent air from escaping out of the hole while you are plunging. When you plunge, keep a tight seal over the hole. Start with a soft plunge down to release the air trapped in the plunger cup. Then use vigorous up and down motions 15 to 20 times.

Use Drain Cleaning Agents

The use of several different drain cleaning agents can help with clogs. These include the following:

  • Pour boiling hot water down the drain every week.
  • Use an environmentally safe drain cleaner once a month.
  • Dump baking soda in your drain and then pour vinegar over the top.
  • Use a small amount of bleach and let it sit in the p-trap overnight. Flush with hot water the next morning.

Unclog a Floor Drain by Hand

For really tough clogs you may need to remove them by hand. Use the following steps to clean out a floor drain in a shower:

  1. Remove the strainer covering the opening.
  2. Insert a stiff wire with a hook on one end. A hanger works well for this job.
  3. Fish the wire around until it snags the hair.
  4. Pull out the wire being careful to keep the hair hooked onto the end.
  5. Use a plumbers' drain snake for tougher clogs.

Unclog a Drain in a Shower/Tub Combination

A shower and tub combination is slightly different than a regular floor drain in a shower. Use the following steps if you have a combination unit:

  1. Remove the floor stopper. Many tubs have this contraption right in the bottom of the tub.
  2. Remove the lever stopper on older tubs. It is part of the overflow unit and is attached to the wall of the bathtub.
  3. Remove any hair from the stopper parts.
  4. Insert a stiff, hooked wire into the opening.
  5. Snag the hair on the hook and pull it out.

Call a Professional When Needed

When all else fails call Roto-Rooter. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call when it is convenient for your schedule.


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