We’ve all been there. You’ve barely been in
the shower for five minutes, and the water is pooling around your feet. It
seems to happen frequently, and each time is more and more frustrating than the
last. First Chicago Plumbing can help you tackle a clogged shower drain.
Luckily, a clogged shower drain is
typically a mild inconvenience, rather than a costly expense. Usually, it’s a
result of hair, grease, and soap building up in the pipe. If your shower drain
is clogged, there are a few DIY methods you can try before calling in the big
This method is as simple as it sounds. Take
a kettle of boiling hot water and slowly pour it down the drain. Once you’ve
emptied the kettle of water, run the tap to see if the clog has cleared. If
not, it may be a result of tangled up hair, in which case your best bet is to
snake the drain.
Note, that if your pipes are made from PVC,
this is not the recommended method; the heat from the water can damage your
Plungers are great for unclogging anything
from your toilet to your kitchen sink. First, apply a small amount of petroleum
jelly to the edge of the plunger; this can help you get a good seal. Then, seal
the plunger to the drain, making sure to run the water so that it’s covering
the lip of the cup. Then plunge how you would a toilet.
Snaking the Drain
Snaking the drain is a relatively simple process. Just take your plumber’s snake and
feed it as far down the pipe as it can go. Then, twist it around to gather
debris and slowly pull the snake back out.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
For this method, simply mix equal parts of
baking soda and vinegar. Then, pour your homemade cleaning solution down the
drain. You’ll want the solution to immediately begin fizzing. Let the solution
sit for one hour, and then run hot water to flush out any debris.
Clogged shower drains happen to the best of us, but you can take steps to prevent them from
happening as frequently. Invest a drain cover to place over your drain and
catch any loose hairs. Empty this at least once a week. In addition to a drain
cover, you can perform both the boiling water and the vinegar and baking soda
remedies monthly; this will help prevent any debris from building up.
If you notice you’re frequently dealing
with clogged shower drains, it may be time to call in a plumber to assess the problem. At First
Chicago Plumbing, we can handle all of your plumbing needs — from maintenance
to emergencies. Learn more about our services by giving us a call at (773)
661-7969 or contacting us online.
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