Methods For Clearing A Clogged Shower Drain

Posted on: 31 March 2020

Many people know how to address a major clog in a sink drain -- you can simply remove the trap pipe beneath the sink and clean it out. A clogged shower drain, on the other hand, can challenge even a handy homeowner since there are no easily accessible drain pipes. The following can help you tackle those shower clogs like a pro.

Check for a Hair Catcher

Many shower drains are equipped with a hair catcher. For a pop-up drain, you may be able to remove the central pop-up part. As you pull it up, it is likely equipped with a metal or plastic piece that is covered in hair and soap scum. Cleaning this off may solve the clog issue. Flat-screen drains sometimes have a chain attached to them. You must first remove the screws holding the screen in place. As you lift it, the chain will lift as well. You can then clean the hair and scum from it before replacing the screen.

Try Boiling Water

Most shower drain clogs consist of soap scum and hair. Often, simply dissolving the scum allows any trapped hair to wash out of the drain and solve the problem. Generally, it's a good idea to avoid chemical drain cleaners since they can splash out in the event they fail to work and you must try other clog-clearing methods. Fortunately, soap dissolves in boiling water. Bring a pot or kettle of water to a boil and pour it promptly down the drain. You may need to repeat this a couple of times to clear the clog.

Grab the Plunger

Plungers aren't just for toilets. Use a sink plunger, which is designed to sit flat against the drain. Plunge up and down quickly many times, without lifting the plunger and breaking the seal. You may need to repeat the process several times to clear the clog. Plunging in conjunction with the use of hot water can make success more likely.

Use a Pipe Brush

A pipe brush is a brush on a long, flexible wire. You can insert the brush in the drain and twist it around to collect the hair and scum that is causing the clog. There are other versions of this tool, like ones that have hooks or teeth as opposed to a brush. All are used in a similar manner.

If the DIY clog clearing methods fail, you may have a more severe problem. Bring in a plumber to find the cause of the clog so that you can have it promptly fixed.

To learn more, contact a plumbing contractor.