Sooner or later, you’re bound to notice that your shower isn’t draining quite as fast as it should be. Perhaps you’re even bathing in several inches of standing water. When this happens, it’s a clear sign of a shower clog. But before you call the plumber, know that there are several easy DIY hacks that you implement to resolve a clog. In this post, we’ll cover how to prevent and solve shower clogs.
4 Hacks to Prevent and Resolve a Shower Clog
Before we get into some shower clog hacks, it’s important to refrain from using over-the-counter drain cleaning chemicals on your drains. While these chemicals may perform well, they can be damaging to your pipes over time. Instead of using chemicals, try these hacks:
Use a Hair Catcher
This is the best way to prevent a shower clog, as hair is one of the most common reasons drains run slowly. Hair catchers are just what they sound like – small parts that go over the drain that works to capture hair, while allowing water to still freely drain. All you need to do is periodically clean out the hair catcher.
You don’t need a heavy-duty drain snake to break up or remove clogs in your drain. Chances are, what’s causing the blockage is sitting pretty close to the surface. In some cases, you may even be able to pull it up without a drain snake. In other cases, just a simple plastic drain snake is able to weave into the drain and break up or remove any debris.
Pour Boiling Water Down it
Boiling water can also do wonders to clear your drains, as the heat can help break up soap scum and other debris. In fact, a good preventative action is to pour boiling water down your shower drain at least once a week to dissolve any hair and soap scum.
Finally, you can “flush” your shower. To do this, fill up your bathtub and bathroom sinks with water. Then, all at once, pull the drains on everything so they’re all draining at the same time. This should send a steady stream of water through your pipes – and it will likely be powerful enough to clear out any blockage in the system.
Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing Today
If you’ve tried the above hacks and your shower is still draining slowly, then it’s time to call in the professionals. Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing today for more information and to book your appointment.