How to Clear a Clogged Shower Drain

Here at Streamline Plumbing & Underground Sewer Construction, our professional plumbers get asked, “how do I clear a clogged sewer drain” several times a day! In fact, we get asked this so often that we decided to do a quick how-to list of shower drain clearing procedures. And, if this all seems like too much for you, then you can always hire our team of drain cleaning professionals!

Step 1 – Determine the Type of Clog

The first step in clearing a shower drain clog is to determine what caused it in the first place. Lots of things end up going down the shower drain that can cause severe clogs and/or obstructions. Some of the most common causes of shower drain clogs include:

  • Hair
  • Soap scum and skin cells
  • Hard water deposits
  • Garbage or trash

Step 2 – If Hair is Your Problem, Then Use a Drain Snake Designed to Remove It

If you have discovered that hair is what is clogging your shower drain, then head down to your local hardware store and pick up a drain snake explicitly designed for human hair. They will usually be plastic with barbed hooks or a ribbed texture to help remove hair from your drain. To use them, simply insert the snake into the drain, twist it around a little, then remove it slowly. Then repeat this until you no longer pull hair back up when you remove the snake.

Step 3 – Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

After you have run the drain snake, simply boil a large pot of water and then pour the boiling water into the drain. The heat from the water will help break up any blockages and clogs for easier removal.

Step 4 – Use a Plunger

Next, use a drain plunger (traditional cup plunger) to plunge the drain. A plunger will introduce negative pressure to help pull any clog out of the drain. Plungers don’t work 100% of the time, but its always worth trying.

Step 5 – Baking Soda and Vinegar

If the plunger doesn’t get the rest of your clog removed, then make a homemade drain cleaning solution by pouring some dry baking soda down the drain, followed by a liberal amount of vinegar. This will create a safe drain cleaning solution that can help break apart clogs and obstructions.

Please note that while baking soda and vinegar are safe to put down the drain, over-the-counter drain cleaning chemicals should never be put down any drain ever! Chemical drain cleaners always cause more harm than good.

Step 6 – Boiling Water Again

After you’ve completed steps 1 through 5, boil another pot of water and send it down the drain. This final run of boiling water will hopefully remove any remaining residue from the clog, as well as help sanitize your drain.

Too Much? Contact the Streamline Plumbing & Underground Sewer Construction Drain Cleaning Professionals

If these shower drain cleaning procedures seem too much for you to handle, or if you simply don’t have the time to do them yourself, then you can always contact our team of drain cleaning professionals. Here at Streamline Plumbing & Underground Sewer Construction, we guarantee that our drain cleaners will have no trouble cleaning out your shower drain for you!