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How to Unclog a Shower Drain

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Looking to learn how to unclog a shower drain? Clogged shower drains are a common nuisance in many homes. Fortunately, knowing the right approach can make clearing a clogged shower drain a straightforward task. At Arnold & Sons Plumbing, Sewer, and Drain Services, we believe in empowering our customers with the knowledge to handle minor plumbing issues themselves. Read on to learn some DIY methods for unclogging a shower drain.

Identifying the Cause of the Clog

Most shower drain clogs are caused by accumulated hair, soap scum, and other debris. Regular  plumbing maintenance and repairs can help prevent these elements from building up and causing blockages.

DIY Solutions for Unclogging Your Shower Drain

Before calling a plumber, there are a few things you can do to try unclogging your shower drain on your own. 

Will Boiling Water Unclog a Shower Drain?

Start by boiling a pot of water and carefully pour it down the drain. This can help dissolve soap scum and loosen mild blockages.

Natural Cleaners: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Start by pouring a cup of baking soda directly into the drain. Follow it up with a cup of vinegar to create a chemical reaction that can break down the clog. Plug the drain and wait 5 to 10 minutes before removing the plug and rinsing with boiling water.

Manual Removal

For tougher clogs, a plunger or a drain snake can be effective. Gently maneuver the tool to remove the debris without damaging your pipes.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

If the above methods don’t work, do not consider using a chemical drain cleaner as a last resort. Chemical drain cleaners are acid based and will damage on your plumbing piping.  In most cases chemical drain cleaner that does not open the drain remains backed up in the piping and fixtures and can destroy the finish on sinks and pop-up drains.  

Preventing Future Clogs

Preventive measures are key to avoiding future clogs. Consider installing a drain cover to catch hair and other debris. Additionally, regular cleaning of your shower drain can prevent blockages from accumulating. 

When to Call the Professionals at Arnold & Sons

If you’ve tried all these DIY methods and your shower drain is still not clear, or if you find yourself frequently having to unclog your drain, it’s time to reach out for professional assistance. Persistent or recurring issues indicate a deeper problem within your plumbing system that requires expert attention.

At Arnold & Sons Plumbing, we are dedicated to providing residents of Peoria and the surrounding communities with reliable and efficient plumbing solutions. Contact us today for help unclogging your drain or any other plumbing issue.