4 Ways to Keep Your Shower Drain From Getting Clogged

3 March 2018
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If you find yourself standing in a pool of water every time you take a shower, you need to do something about the state of your shower drain. The first thing you need to do is unclog and clean your shower drain, then take preventative steps to ensure that it doesn't continue to get clogged.

Get Rid of the Clog

The first thing you need to do is work on unclogged your drain. More than likely, your drain is clogged up with hair and lint. To unclog your drain, you are going to want to invest in a plumbing snake.

A plumbing snake is a long, thin, flexible yet stiff rod or line that you can put down your drain. The purpose of a plumbing snake is to pull out the debris that is clogging up your drain and to loosen the debris so that it can be properly flushed away.

Put the plumbing snake down a few feet, moving the snake around. Pull it out and remove any debris that is caught on the snake with a pair of gloves and put the debris into the trash. Don't be surprised if the debris that gets caught on the snake smells bad; it is hair and other organic material that is decomposing and breaking down inside of your drainage pipe.

Take the plumbing snake and put it further down your drain, once again wiggling it around to knock debris off the sides of your pipes and to clean out the clogs. Repeat this process until you are able to get the plumbing snake down your drain easily.

Clean Your Drain

The next thing you need to do is clean your drain. You can clean your drain using a commercial cleaning product that is designed to break up debris. Choose a cleaning product that is specifically designed for shower drains and hair clogs.

You pour the mixture down the drain and then allow it to sit for a specific period of time. After that period has passed, you then need to run the water in your shower to rinse out your drain.

Prevent Hair from Getting into Your Drain

Next, you need to prevent hair from getting into your drain in the first place. There are a variety of covers and catchers you can use, depending on the size and set up of your drain, to catch your hair before it goes down the drain. The key to success with these set-ups is to remember to clean the trapped hair and lint off the covers and catchers on a daily basis.

Clean Your Drains On a Regular Basis

Finally, clean your drains on a regular basis. Don't use a commercial cleaning product though; they should only be used sparingly. Instead, use common household products to clean your drains.

One of the best and simplest ways to clean your drain is to pour baking soda down your drain, followed by some vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar will react together to break down the junk in your shower drain. Allow the baking soda and vinegar to work together for a while, then flush your drains with some hot water.

If you are constantly dealing with standing water in your shower, you need to unclog your shower drain or hire a plumber to unclog your shower drain. Then, you need to set up preventative measures so that your drain doesn't continue to get clogged with hair and debris.