Shower drain clogs are a common problem that every homeowner eventually faces, but they don’t have to ruin your day or require an emergency call to the plumber. Armed with simple household tools and a little know-how, you can clear most clogs yourself, just like a pro! Follow our step-by-step guide from John C. Flood to get your shower drain flowing smoothly again.
Step 1: Remove the Drain Cover
The first step is to remove the drain cover, which may be held in place by screws. You’ll need a screwdriver to remove them, or the cover may simply snap out. Be gentle to avoid scratching your tub or shower floor.
Step 2: Check for Visible Obstructions
Sometimes, hair or soap buildup can be seen right beneath the drain cover. If so, put on some gloves and remove these obstructions with your fingers or a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Step 3: Utilize a Plunger
If the clog is deeper, a plunger may be your best tool. Place it over the drain and push down, creating a seal. Then pump vigorously. After a few attempts, check to see if water is draining more freely.
Step 4: Employ a Plumber’s Snake or Handheld Drain Auger
If the plunger doesn’t work, you may need to use a plumber’s snake or handheld drain auger. Insert the tool into the drain and turn the handle to break up the clog. If you don’t have a snake, a straightened coat hanger may work for minor clogs.
Step 5: Check Your Work
Run the water to ensure it’s draining properly. If not, you may need to repeat the previous steps.
Step 6: When to Call a Professional
If you’ve tried everything and the drain is still clogged, it’s time to call in the professionals at John C. Flood. There may be a more serious problem that requires specialized tools and expertise.
Always wear gloves and eye protection, especially when using tools or chemicals. And never use chemical drain cleaners after using a plunger or snake, as this can cause dangerous reactions.
Clogged shower drains can be frustrating, but with our guide, you’ll be able to clear most clogs like a pro! Keep your tools handy, and don’t be afraid to give it a try. And remember, John C. Flood is always here for you if you need professional assistance. Contact us today for all your plumbing needs, and enjoy your shower freedom once more!