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Clogged Shower Drain

Updated on October 18, 2010

Clogged Shower Drains:

 Most shower clogs can be removed with a minimum of hassle and mess. For that, you need a few simple tools and common sense to get the job done right.

Firstly, you must understand that, hair soap is usually the most common cause of shower clogs. In fact, if you check the strainer cover over the shower drain, you probably see that.

So, how to unclog a clogged shower drain? The first thing to do is to remove the drain strainer cover, then, clean the drain screen really well and remove the hair and soap from inside the drain, once you do that, test the drain with a flow of water.

Clogged Shower

Removing the Strainer Cover:

First, determine how the strainer cover is attached. Some covers simply snap into place and can be removed from the drain by lifting them with a screwdriver.

Other covers are held in place by a couple of screws, which can be easily removed. Once the strainer cover is removed, shine a flashlight into the drain and visually check for a clog.

Diagnosing the Shower Drain:

Once you remove the screen cover, check inside the drain to see if there’s any debris clogging the drain p-trap. If you find buildup, hair or grease blocking the drain, you can easily remove the blockage using a wire hanger.

Testing the Drain:

 Once you’ve removed the debris from the drain, run water for a few minutes and watch closely to see if the water is draining properly, if the drain is still slow or not draining at all, than, you will need a more advance technique to unclog the clogged shower drain.

Methods to Unclog a Shower Drain:

 1 – If you do not see a hair clog blocking the pipe, try using a plunger to clear the drain. Commonly known as the “plumber’s friend,” a plunger works best when there is a firm seal around the drain opening. It might help to coat the rim of the rubber force cup with petroleum jelly.

Then, once again, pour more water into the shower drain to see if this time is draining properly, if the drain is stubborn and still not draining, it is time to use a more elaborate tool.

2 – If the plunger fails, the next step is to try a hand snake; this particular tool should go through the drain p-trap and into the drain until hits the main line.

The hand snake is a flexible coil of spring steel with a crank at one end for rotating it. Carefully feed the metal cable into the drain pipe until you hit the obstruction.

When you feel the cable stop, crank the handle clockwise. The tip of the metal cable will snag the clog as it turns. Keep up the cranking motion as you slowly pull the cable out of the drain line and the clog should pull free.

3 – If all these steps fail to clear the drain, call a professional plumber.

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      plumbing 6 years ago

      Great tips,Mostly this is the common problem.And for this situation we are the one who is responsible.But still Thanks for the insights we get a useful solution that we can do if the problem occurs.

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      whitton 7 years ago

      Great Hub with good information on clogged shower drains. I agree that hair is one of the main causes that many shower drains get clogged.