What’s worse than stepping in a puddle of water on the floor? Stepping in a pool of water that has been backed up from your shower drain.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem
There are a variety of reasons why a shower drain can clog.
In this blog post, we will cover 3 different solutions to unclogging a shower drain plus the steps to take when you try these methods.
The first solution is using boiling water which poured down the pipes. This is the easiest solution and should create enough pressure to loosen it up.
For those who don’t want to use boiling water or dish soap, there is also baking soda and vinegar which has been shown as an effective way of clearing out pipe blockages too!
If these two solutions don’t work, we will show a step-by-step guide to unclog a shower drain using a coat hanger.
How to Unclog a Drain With Boiling Water
- Fill a pot of hot water, and bring it to a boil.
- Pour the water down the drain, giving it time to work its way through any clogs.
The water’s temperature can help to dissolve the gunk that is plugging your drain.
If you have metal pipes, it’s a safe way to unclog a shower drain is with boiling water. Do not use it on PVC pipes, as it may cause the joints to loosen.
If the water doesn’t drain, repeat steps until it does or try our next solutions.
Unclogging a Drain With Vinegar And Baking Soda
This solution is inspired by the classic science fair project—the volcano. You already know that bubbles are great for making fake volcanos, but you’ll be surprised to know that they make a powerful cleaner too.
- With this method, you’ll need to mix one-third of a cup of baking soda with the same amount of vinegar.
- Pour the mixture down your drain and wait for it to do its job.
- After about an hour or so, pour some boiling water down the drain (to help clean off any remaining residue).
Repeat if needed until your shower drains properly.
This solution is safe on plastic pipes as well.
Unclog a Shower Drain with the Help of a Coat Hanger
When faced with a particularly nasty clog, you’ll need to get down on your hands and knees and use this method.
Sure it sounds disgusting, but given that it’s easier than you might have thought.
- Grab a long wire hanger, straighten it and create a small hook at the end.
- Stick it into the drain and rotate it around until you find what’s causing the clog, then pull to remove whatever is blocking the pipe.
- Repeat as many times as needed, but make sure you wear gloves!
- After removing the blockage we recommend repeating one of the other unclogging methods mentioned above to ensure full cleaning of the pipe
How to Prevent the Drains in Your Home From Clogging
Hydrogen peroxide bath for unclogging shower drains
This solution might not be something that everyone has in their house at all times, so we would recommend having some on hand before you need it.
The best way to do this is by using two cups of water mixed with half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, which should ideally be three percent strength.
Pour it down your drain daily while washing dishes or taking showers.
This will keep any soap scum from building up inside pipes