How to unclog a shower drain using hot water, a plumber’s snake, baking soda, vinegar and more

You want to shower only to realize you’re taking a foot bath, and that’s pretty gross. So you need to know how to quickly clog a shower drain and we can help. Sure, it’s not the most luxurious household chore out there, but it’s easy and, of course, very satisfying once it’s done.

To be clear, yes, you can quit the plumber because you can unlock a shower of hair, soap scum, and the like yourself using ingredients and tools that you may already have at home.

The hot water method is solid, as is clogging a shower drain with a snake. Also, we introduced a natural method of using baking soda and vinegar for those who want to know how to clog a shower drain without using Drano or other chemical commercial cleaners.

1. How to clog a shower drain with standing water and boiling water

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We spoke to Victoria Plumbing about the ultimate way to unblock slow drain shower channels that build up from dirt, hair, or grime and slow the flow of water. They recommend, “If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, a great result can be achieved by slowly pouring boiling water down the drain and waiting to hear the gurgle.”

Yes, hot water dissolves and dissolves almost instantly, clogging your drain and causing stagnant water. How often you need to repeat this method depends on the degree of blockage. Once can be enough, but repeat until the water passes through without leaving stagnant water.

1. Fill a large saucepan or tea kettle with water to the maximum amount.

2. Bring to a boil.

3. Pour the water down the drain. Doing everything at once so as not to scold yourself is best for added pressure along with the heat.

Note: This is good for metal pipe, but not for PVC.

2. How to plug a shower drain with a plunger with hair

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A plunger, much like you would use to unlock a toilet, can also be useful for clogging a shower drain.

1. Remove the drain cover and apply petroleum jelly to the edge of the piston – this will help secure the seal.

2. Place the flask cup over the drain hole and run the shower until enough water covers the lip of the flask.

3. Then move the plunger quickly to clear the clog. You may need to do this for a few minutes.

4th Test the shower to make sure the water flows down smoothly before putting the drain cover back on.

3. How to clog a shower drain with a snake or wire hanger

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You can remove any hair and debris caught in your drain cover. However, if you have stagnant water, the problem may be below! The wire hanger trick or using a plumber’s snake will help you locate and remove the clog once and for all. We recommend that you wear gloves when doing this.

Clogging a shower drain with a plumber’s snake:

1. How you operate your plumber’s line depends on whether it’s electric or manual. First, remove your shower grate and any hair or foreign objects.

2. Insert the cable into the drainage hole, tighten the clamp and gently twist it so that the snail itself moves down.

3. You can feel resistance when you reach the clog and it shouldn’t be too far down. Twist the cord to clear the clog.

4th At this stage, you can drain some water to see if it is cleared or not. If so, pull up the snake and remove any debris attached to it. If not cleared, lead the cable further down.

5. Finish this process by running hot water down the drain to wash away the broken residue and reattaching the shower drain cover.

Blocking a shower drain with a wire hanger:

1. Loosen the hanger so that it is straight and leave the hook on the end.

2. Remove the drain cover and weave the hook side through and through the shower pipe.

3. You should feel when you come to a blockage – you can also use a flashlight to peek at it – and when you get there, hook onto the hair, etc., and gently pull to remove it. Continue until it clears, then rinse it out using the hot water method described above.

4. How to clog a shower drain with baking soda and vinegar

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An age-old method that is still popular in many households because it works so damn well. You may also remember your scientifically fair baking soda volcano project – an ideal distraction for the less glamorous job!

How this works is the hero’s household ingredient, baking soda, which dissolves mineral and soap deposits that are chunky and clog the pipe. It also helps in disinfecting the area and eliminating odors from fungus or lurking bacteria (likely).

The vinegar is what causes the pressure reaction, but this only happens properly in a sealed environment. This is why it is best to cover the drain pipe while this mixture is working.

1. Use the drain serpentine or coat hanger method to clean the drain of hair and debris.

2. Pour a tea kettle full of the boiling water (be careful as this can splash).

3. Pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the shower drain, cover it, and let it stand for at least 15 minutes and no more than an hour.

4th Flush with more hot water to cleanse completely.

5. How to clog a shower drain without a Drano

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Drano is a highly toxic detergent that is harmful to the environment and human health. There is also controversy over whether or not this is a good idea for your plumbing system. Fortunately, you can use the methods above or try the following method using dish soap and hot water.

Depending on the extent of the blockage, you may need to repeat this method several times until the water flows freely. This is also a great way to complete Method 2 above with a coiled pipe or wire hanger.

1. Bring two liters / the maximum amount that your tea kettle will bring to a boil.

2. Add a few tablespoons of dish soap.

3. Pour this into your shower drain.

4th Repeat this process as needed.

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