When water starts pooling during your shower, you know you have a clogged shower drain. Instead of ignoring the problem, tackle it right away before it becomes more difficult.
You can pour a chemical drain cleaner into your shower drain, but if you’re worried about the harsh chemicals, give this next method a try.
- Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain. Don’t dilute the baking soda or mix it with a liquid; just put the dry baking soda down the drain.
- Follow the baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar. As soon as you’ve poured the vinegar down the drain, cover the drain hole with a wet rag or a drain stop. If you remember your elementary school science experiments, you’ll know what’s happening down there in the drain. The vinegar and baking soda react, and you want the reaction to take place right where your drain is clogged.
- Allow the baking soda and vinegar to sit for about half an hour. While you wait, heat some water on the stove. When the half hour is up, remove the wet rag or drain stopper and slowly pour the hot water down after the baking soda and vinegar.
- Repeat this process. If you notice pooling, and it appears that you still have a clogged shower drain, repeat the baking soda and vinegar treatment one more time.
Here is our final method, manually remove the debris.
- Remove the hair and soap scum. You can unscrew the screening from the drain and use a bent wire coat hanger to fish out hair and soap scum that is blocking the water flow.
Following these steps will take care of almost all clogged shower drains. However, if all methods have been exhausted and you still have a clogged shower drain then it’s probably about time to call a professional drain cleaning company since they have equipment that will remove the toughest clogged shower drains.