Clogged Shower Drains and How to Clear Them

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One of the most commonly reported problems when it comes to plumbing is a clogged shower drain. After years and years of continuous use, every shower is bound to suffer blockage in its draining system that is a result of debris buildup in its pipes’ walls. This buildup forms a barrier past which water cannot pass causing your shower to not drain properly. And while it seems like a fairly simple issue to diagnose and tackle, if left untreated, a clogged drain can be the culprit of bigger and more costly plumbing issues.

But How Do I Know If My Shower Drain Is Clogged?

It’s fairly easy to identify whether you have a clogged drain. Usually, you know you’re in trouble when water takes too long to drain, and although this is the tell-tale sign, for the most part, a clogged drain often presents itself in many other symptoms:

  • Gurgling noises after water is drained
  • Backed up drain water (water coming up instead of travelling down the drain)
  • Pungent sewer odour coming from the drain
  • A spike in your hydro bill indicating a clog-caused water leak

What’s Making My Shower Drain Clog?

unclog shower drainHair: we normally shed hair when we shower, and sometimes, the water is not enough to transport the hair down the drain, especially if it’s long. Instead, it gets stuck in the different parts of the drain as well as the folds and crevices in the pipes, causing the water passage to become obstructed.
Soap scum and dirt buildup: some materials used in shampoos, shower gels, etc. can be a little too tough to drain. In addition, if your showerhead does not have a filter installed, it most probably contains plenty of minerals like calcium or lime. In both cases, an accumulation of these stubborn components creates damage in your drain and piping and prevents water from properly draining.

How Do I Unclog My Shower Drain?

  • Pouring boiling water down the drain has been proven effective in dissolving whatever is blocking it.
  • Plunging a shower drain creates enough pressure to help clear
  • For a more stubborn clog, try pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Leave the mixture for a few hours, then use boiling water to rinse out the drain.
  • Using drain-cleaning chemical solvents.

Prevention Is Key

clogged shower drainRegardless of how mild or severe a drain clog is, it is beneficial to know the factors that cause blockage, so that you can put an end to it before it happens. For example, plumbers recommend using a hair catcher that sits on your drain and stops hair along with other materials from clogging it. You can also install a water filter on your showerhead and faucet in order to minimize mineral and lime buildup in your drain.

On the other hand, if a shower drain clog persists, then you may want to seek a skilled plumber to help you fix the problem.