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Today, I’ll be sharing a simple yet effective method to unclog a shower drain. By removing the shower drain, I was shocked by the gross buildup of hair and scum inside. It’s mind-boggling to think that unscrewing the shower drain could have easily resolved my problem all along!
Before resorting to drain cleaner like baking soda and vinegar, Drano, or other remedies, take off the shower drain cover and give it a thorough cleaning! If you are wondering how do you clear a slow draining drain, this post is for you! Prepare to be amazed by the unpleasant surprises lurking beneath! Let’s take a look at how I fixed our slow draining issue in under 5 minutes!
How to Unclog a Shower Drain in 5 Minutes
A clogged shower drain with hair is one of the most annoying things ever. I was so grossed out by the hair and soap scum in the drain once I removed the screw and pulled out the drain.
Needless to say, I clean it more often now.
I originally wrote this post a few years ago when my grandfather was still alive and I’ll never forget his face when I told him I didn’t know how to unclog a shower drain.
He said, “how long have you been standing in shower water for?”
When I told him it was for weeks he rolled his eyes and said, “kid, I wouldn’t ever tell anyone that 🤪.” haha.
5 Reasons Why You Should Clean Shower Drain:
1. To prevent clogs and overflowing drains that can lead to water damage in the bathroom.
2. To eliminate mold, mildew, and bacteria that can cause health problems.
3. To reduce unpleasant odors that can linger in the bathroom and beyond.
4. To preserve the life of your shower drain by removing hair, dirt, and soap scum build-up which can cause corrosion over time.
5. To keep your home’s plumbing system functioning properly and reduce costly repairs down the line.
How to Clean Shower Drain
Step 1: Remove Bathtub Drain Cover
The first step is to remove the shower drain cover to expose the shower screw. I had no idea that the shower drain top unscrewed and that the drain plug completely comes out.
The only tools needed is a screwdriver and if you do not have a tools, use a butter knife to unscrew the drain screw. Once you remove the drain screw, the plug will pull out.
Cover your eyes if you don’t want to be grossed out!
Once the screw was removed, I pulled out the drain plug and almost vomited.
Step 2: Remove Hair and Wash Drain
I had to use scissors to remove the hair it was so tangled and gross from the soap scum buildup.
What can dissolve hair in a drain? Absolutely nothing! I tried several products and had I known I could easily remove the hair from the drain, I would have saved so much money on products!
Step 3: Screw Bathtub Drain Back in Place
Once the drain plug is cleaned, put the plug back inside and tighten the screw back in place.
Unclogging a shower drain can be easy with just a few simple steps. Once you have removed the air, run hot water down the drain to flush away debris so your shower is back up and running properly.
How to Unclog a Shower Drain Naturally
My grandmother would use a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar and said that was the best way to unclog a shower drain. I also read on google that boiling hot water, a hook or a plumbers snake can help.
Google shows that bathroom drain covers can help with catching the hair before it hit your drain. I have not tried one yet but I did find this drain cover to stop hair (they come in cute colors too!) with great reviews on Amazon.
Products to Unclog A Shower Drain
I have not found a way to dissolve hair in the drain before it builds up but Drano seemed to help a little. While Drano is not a natural way to dissolve hair, I figured it was worth mentioning.
I think I used 2 bottles of Drano trying to fix the problem. There was so much hair in the bathtub drain, it didn’t help. I tried several attempts to unclog the shower drain naturally as well and was not successful.
Please tell me I am not the only one who had no idea how to unclog a shower drain.
Don’t be like me and wait until the water is rising above your feet in the shower and you are standing in water for weeks!
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.