Unclog A Shower Drain

Nobody wants to wake up to a clogged shower drain! Clogged shower drains can turn your relaxing, rejuvenating morning shower into an ordeal. Luckily clogged drains are usually fairly easy to fix. There are D.I.Y. methods that can unclog most shower drains. And for the drains that can’t be unclogged easily: There’s always the professionals at Boydco Plumbing who can lend a helping hand!

At Boydco Plumbing, we know a few tips and tricks that can unclog your shower drain. Don’t rely on store-bought chemical cleaners: The wrong kind of chemicals could end up making things worse! Here’s our two favorite chemical-free methods to unclog a shower drain.

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Baking Soda

Baking soda can do wonders for a clogged drain! The first thing you need to do is to prep the drain by cleaning the strainer or stopper. Soap and residue can build up underneath these parts, which can help clog your drain. Scrub them clean and remove any hair and other debris you find in there.

Now that you’ve prepped the drain, the next step is to boil some water. Pour the boiling water directly down your drain. In many cases, this will usually be enough to unclog your drain. If it doesn’t, pout ¼ cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar into the drain. Let the vinegar and baking soda sit for 15-20 minutes. Now go boil some more water. Once the water is piping hot, pour it down the drain again. This water will react with the baking soda and vinegar, creating a powerful reaction that should unclog your drain.


If baking soda doesn’t do the trick, another easy D.I.Y. fix is to use your plunger. As with the baking soda, you’ll want to start by cleaning out your strainers or stoppers. Make sure they are free of any soap residue, hair, or other debris collecting on top of the drain. Try the boiling water trick again. If it’s STILL clogged, fill up your shower stall or bathtub with a few inches of water. It should be just enough water that you can submerge a plunger in it.

Place your plunger directly on top of the drain. Carefully and firmly plunge the drain. You may have to use a lot more force than you’re used to: This isn’t as easy as plunging a toilet! You can tell if it’s working because gunk and dirty water will rush out the drain as you plunge it. This can get messy, so be sure to lay down some towels or a tarp on the floor in case of splashing.

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To find out more about our plumbing services, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.