If you begin to notice that your shower smells, well, bad, then you could have a drain clog that just hasn’t shown its face yet. If you notice water pooling at your ankles as you shower, then you definitely have a drain clog in Downriver Michigan. This actually isn’t that big of a deal, you can easily unclog a shower drain in a few simple steps. You also have a few options on your approach to unclogging the drain. We’ll share some tips to help you unclog the drain yourself and what you should do in some cases.
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One of the first drains that will usually clog in your home is your shower drain. This is usually because it’s located under many of the other drains in your home. Household appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers will pump water into the drain and if the main drain in your home is clogged or partially clogged the water may back up in your home’s shower. And in some cases, the shower drain itself is the problem. Here are some tips if your shower drain is clogged:
Unclog the Drain Manually
The simplest way of unclogging a drain is to remove the obstruction that is the cause. This most commonly is a mysterious blob of hair, soap scum, oil and debris. You really just have to put that out, so you have to first remove your drain cover, if you are able to. Then you should visualize the clog to make sure there’s something within reach to actually get out.
If you can see that the clog of debris is close to the opening of the drain, you can use your hand (with gloves!) to pull out the clog, or you can use a pair of needle nose pliers if you’d prefer. Be warned, this isn’t for the weak of stomachs.
If you can see the clog but it’s not near enough to the top of the drain, you could use a wire clothes hanger to remove the obstruction. First cut the wire hanger at a juncture, then bend the wire until it’s a long straight unit, with the hook at the top to use as a handle. You’ll then want to bend the end of the wire at the bottom to create a small hook on your wire. Guide the hook down the drain and pull the clog out this way. You may have to do this more than once to get the entire clog of debris out of the drain.
You can also purchase a hand snake at your local hardware store if your clog is still out of reach from your hanger tool.
Unclog with Household Ingredients
If you prefer a less hands-on approach to unclogging your shower drain, you can easily make a few homemade solutions to help unclog the drain. Most of these will loosen or dissolve minor clogs so that they can pass through your drainage system without further problems.
*Pour ½ to 1 cup of dish soap into your drain, directly. Give the soap 20-30 minutes to soak, then flush the drain with very hot water – in fact, boil 2-3 quarts to use for the best results.
*Using baking soda and vinegar, you can safely unclog the drain. First pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain, following immediately with 1 cup distilled white vinegar. Then cover your drain with a plus or stopper and wait 20-30 minutes. Once again, flush the drain with hot or boiling water to remove the clog.
*Surprisingly, using a liter of carbonated soda will help to dislodge a clog. Just follow with hot water as with the other options, and you can easily remove a clog.
What to do with Standing Water
If you have this clog but there is standing water in the tub or shower, you’ll need to use a plunger to at least partially more the clog in the drains so that the water can drain out before trying a previous method. Once you’ve got the water to go down, try one of those methods to unclog the drain.
When all else fails, contact your trusted plumber in Downriver Michigan to help you unclog the drain and discuss ways to prevent your shower from clogging that badly again in the future. Call Downriver Plumbers at 734-548-9925 to speak with a qualified plumber who can help!