Unclogging a Plugged Up Shower Drain

cloggedshowerdrainThere are few things as frustrating for you as being in a hurry to get ready for work and then finding out your shower drain is clogged when you turn on the water to get in. You don’t have time to use chemicals to cut through the clog so you are wondering what is the next best thing that will clear that clogged shower drain in a hurry. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that.

First Things First

There is one very important thing you will have to determine before you start trying to remedy the situation with your clogged shower drain. You want to first make sure that you do not have a bigger problem such as a clogged sewer or septic line. This type of job is best left to a professional because it is both difficult to do and very unsanitary. If your water that is backed up has a lot of sediment, sand, discolored water or even fecal matter present, you have a much more serious problem than a simple clogged shower drain and need to schedule a service call with a professional.

Try Using a Plunger

Plungers can free up clogged lines in more than just the toilet; the trick is to make a good seal around the drain so that the force of the air as you plunge goes down into the drain as opposed to going out the side of the plunger. Make sure the edge of the round rubber boot on the plunger completely covers the drain in order to accomplish this.

You need to use a two-step approach when plunging a clogged shower drain. The first is putting a slight bit of pressure on the plunger to secure it in place; once that is done you then use full pressure to plunge and send a burst of air into the drain. Repeat this several times.

Take Off the Drain Cover

If the plunger does not work then next you would want to take of the drain cover to see if it has debris under it or you can see a clog just at the beginning of the drain pipe. Be sure to inspect the cover too after you have taken it off to make sure there is no hair, lint or other clogging debris stuck to the bottom of it. Clean everything you can see and then try running some water to see if the clog is fixed.

Try a Homemade Snake

If you still have a clogged shower drain even after inspecting and cleaning the cover, next you want to try snaking the line before you put the cover back on. You can do this by taking a metal coat hanger and bending it straight. Take a piece of duct tape and cover one end with it so it does not scratch the porcelain as you insert the homemade snake to clear your clogged shower drain.

If All Else Fails

If none of these tricks work you will have no choice but to call a professional plumber and have them come out and correct the problem for you. They are experts at what they do and it will cost you less than you might think.

About Dwight Gropper

Dwight Gropper is the President of Air Conditioning Edmonton, which specializes in heating, air conditioning and plumbing installation and repair services. For same day 24/7 service, call 780-800-7010.