A shower is part of a home. It is also the most heavily used appliances. Of course, it’s crucial that your shower stays in good condition and can function when needed.
Your shower can stop working for many reasons. One of the most common reason is the classic shower clog. Fortunately, fixing it is simple.
Here are some things you can do if you notice your shower is draining slower than usual.
1. Inspect The Drain
If you notice your shower drains slowly, you have to turn it off as soon as possible. Take a look at the drain and remove any visible blockages.
The blockages can be anything from hair to a bath toy. Once removed, rerun the water to see whether or not the shower is draining as fast as it used to be.
If there is no visible blockage, use a flashlight to see if there is anything lodged slightly deeper in the pipes.
2. Remove The Drain Cover
Depending on the type shower drain you own, you can just pull the drain cover out and inspect the drain below. Otherwise, you have to use a screwdriver to unscrew the cover manually.
Take a look at the drain with a flashlight. Look for visible clog or blockages. If you spot any blockage, use a plumber snake to remove the blockage sitting deeper down the drain.
3. Use A Plunger
If water has collected around the drain and you are unable to see clearly through the drain pipe, you should use a plunger to try and dislodge the clog.
If the drain has already collected water and making it hard for you to see through the drain pipe clearly, you should use a plunger to dislodge the clog.
Scoop out some water if necessary before you start plunging. Plumbing a shower drain is more frustrating than using a plunger for a sink or toilet, but it can work.
4. Boil Water
It’s common sense. Most of the time, the clog in your shower is from old soap and grease.
In this case, it is a good idea to use boiling water to clear the clog as the heat can melt away any debris that may be clogging the pipes or holding a clog in place.
5. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar
These two kitchen staples can clear a clogged drain in a short time.
When they are mixed, there’s an explosive chemical reaction formed between these two elements, which is the perfect remedy for a simple clogged drain.
You have to combine this method with the previous boiling water method.
- Pour a pot of boiling water down your shower drain
- Pour a generous amount of baking soda in after the hot water
- Wait a few minutes for the mixture to settle
- Pour in several cups of the vinegar
The combination will immediately begin to bubble and ideally dislodge the blockage.
6. Call Your Hilltop Plumbing
A clogged and leaking shower becomes a severe problem in no time because it can lead to permanent water damage to your home. If you have a stubborn clog, just call us.
At Hilltop Plumbing, we have many years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. We have the education and experience to successfully unclog your shower, and take care of any of your other plumbing needs.