Of all the drains in a typical home, the shower might be the easiest to overlook. Over time, hair and grime can clog up the drain, making your showering and bathing experiences less enjoyable. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make it less likely you’ll have to call a professional plumber for drain cleaning services.
Swab the Drain After Showering
If you or someone in your household tends to leave a lot of hair behind after a shower, it’s especially worth your time to swab the hair and residue off the surface of the drain before it gets sucked into the pipes. Wipe out the shower drain with a wad of paper towels to keep the process sanitary. This can be an especially useful practice if any members of your household typically shave in the shower. Use paper towels rather than toilet paper, which may disintegrate and further clog your drain.
Here’s a preventive draining cleaning method you might not have thought of before – pour two gallons of boiling water down your shower drain once every 14 days to flush out the system. This helps prevent future clogs. You can handle boiling water safely in a working kettle with a spout.
Of course, there are very important differences between showers and toilets. But, both systems can be unclogged with plungers. Cleaning a shower or a shower-tub combo drain with a plunger works best when there’s some water on the shower floor or in the tub.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
This might be a fun cleaning project for anyone fascinated by chemistry. Different sources recommend various amounts of each product to get the chemical reaction needed to clean drains. Typically, you pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your shower drain, wait a few minutes, then follow with a single cup of vinegar. Allow the fizzy concoction to sit in the drain for 10 minutes, then rinse it away with boiling water or hot shower water. Repeat the process if the drain remains clogged or sluggish.
But if home remedies like these aren’t getting the job done, and your shower drain is clogged, get in touch with Captain Plumbing. We take care of problems like this all the time.