When Drains Clog
It is not how you want to start your day: Standing in a shower with ankle deep water. Even if it is your own shower water, a clogged shower drain is just gross and nasty. Is it just something you have to live with or is there a way to clear a clogged shower drain and keep it free flowing?
Before we discuss how to clear a clogged shower drain, let’s answer the question of, what causes a clogged shower drain? There are substances that build up naturally over time. Those substances eventually coagulate, stick to the interior walls of the plumbing. After some time of this build up, it results in a clogged shower drain. The main substances that are culprit include:
- Soap scum
How can a clogged shower drain be cleared?
First, we need to stress to avoid using over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners. Is it safe to use chemical drain cleaners on a clogged shower drain? No, with enough use of chemical drain cleaners, you can damage the pipes. Additionally, if not used with the utmost caution of eye and skin protection, any splash back can damage your eyes or burn your skin.
Are there any natural ways to clear a clogged shower drain?
Yes, in addition to avoiding the chemical products that claim to clear clogged shower drains, you can try the following methods:
- Pour boiling water down the clogged drain after removing any hair in the drain. If that doesn’t clear the clogged shower drain, try the next step.
- Pour one cup of baking soda in the drain, followed up by one cup of white vinegar. Wait 30 minutes and then run hot water for 5 minutes. If that doesn’t work, the next step is:
- Try plunging the clogged shower drain If that fails, next step:
- Use a plumber’s snake and if that fails, call a professional plumber.
What are some signs of a clogged shower drain?
There are three indications that you have a clogged shower drain:
- Bad odor – a clogged shower drain will start to have an odor from the wastewater collecting in the pipes.
- Slow draining – if your shower is starting to drain slower and slower, you probably have a clogged shower drain and its starting to worsen.
- Water puddles – if you have water puddling up around the shower, you may have a clogged shower drain or something worse.
How can a clogged shower drain be prevented?
If a clogged shower drain is a frequent occurrence for you, the following will help minimize, even eliminate, the problem from occurring again:
1. Bar Soap
Bar soap is the biggest culprit in soap scum accumulating inside the pipes. When this build up starts, other substance like hair will cling to it, and in short time, you have a clogged shower drain. Plumbers recommend using liquid bath soap instead because it rinses down the drain faster.
2. Hair Catcher
On average, we shed between fifty and one hundred hairs every day, most of that during our daily shower. That hair accumulates in the pipes, clinging to the soap scum we discussed above. By using a hair catcher on the shower drain, you eliminate one possible cause of a clogged shower drain.
However, the short hair left behind from shaving will still flow into the shower drain, even with a hair catcher. Those short hairs will cling to the soap sum and other personal care products you may use. There are hair catchers with smaller holes that can eliminate this problem.
When you get home from a day at the beach or lake, before you and your family members take a shower, rinse off outside. By removing any sand on the bodies will keep you from having a clogged shower drain.
4. Body Scrubs
Body scrubs will coat the interior of the plumbing just like bar soap, contributing to a clogged shower drain because they exfoliate the skin, which is rinsed down the drain too.
How do I know if I need to call a plumber for a clogged shower drain?
When you have tried the steps we’ve recommended earlier and you still have a clogged shower drain, or you see puddling water around the shower, it is time to call a plumber. You may have more than a clogged shower drain, it may be a sewer pipe issue and only a plumber will be able to determine this and advise accordingly what needs to be done.
Washing Away Your Wastewater
By following the suggestions we’ve made in this piece, you can avoid having a clogged shower drain. Preventive measures can work better than any of the natural ways of clearing the clogged shower drains and avoiding chemical drain openers is the safest way to clear those drains!
HC Edwards Plumbing can assist with your clogged shower drain in Red Oak, TX. Call 214-862-0225 to get a professional plumber sent straight away!