3 Tips for Unclogging a Shower Drain

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Here are 3 tips for unclogging a clogged shower drain. Shower drains become clogged from time to time, especially if you have individuals in the home who have a lot of hair that gets trapped in the drain. Using a drain cover that is specially designed to keep hair from going into the drain is a measure that can help you unclog your shower drain. You can also use a product such as Drano or other type of drain clearer to break up the matter that is causing the drain to be clogged. Finally you can remove the drain cover by hand and manually remove the obstruction that is causing the shower drain to be clogged.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your shower and shower drains reduces clogs. A shower drain that becomes clogged creates leaks and other messes, leading to an unsanitary condition in your bathroom and shower. You can eliminate these problems as well as some of the offensive odors that are created by a backed up shower drain by following these tips provided in this article for unclogging your shower drain.

Installing a Specially Designed Drain Cover

A drain cover that is specially designed for your shower to keep hair from accumulating in the shower drain reduces clogs. It should fit the size of the drain in your shower; either remove the old drain cover and take it with you to the home improvement store, or measure your shower's drain with a tape measure. Doing so will provide you with an accurate measurement necessary to match it with the new shower drain cover.

Use a Liquid Drain Cleaner

Purchase an industrial strength liquid drain cleaner such as Liquid Plumber or Draino and pour the product down the shower drain. Use a product that is specially designed for use in the shower and follow all of the packaging directions. Use a product that is not caustic and environmentally friendly since you will be essentially flushing the waste material in your shower drain into some water treatment area or local watershed.

Manually Remove Clogged Material

Remove the drain cover and use a flashlight and rubber gloves to reach into the drain and remove the hair and other material that has become lodged in the drain. If the drain is too small to access by hand, use a drain snake to move the clumps of material around and pull them out by hand.