It is no wonder there are quite a lot of bathroom renovations that go on almost every time of the year. Renovations and remodels are not just meant to catch up with the new trends in bathroom spacing and design. In fact, most people are pushed into bathroom renovations because of common problems such as leakage and drainage faults that make the place very discouraging to use. Such problems end up damaging other areas of the bathroom such as flooring, fixtures and even cabinets because mildew and mold are always quick to follow if you do not know how to fix the problem.
1. Check for Hair
Common shower drain problems are as a result of hair clogging the drainage system. You can check the strainer to get a clue of where the problem is before being able to fix it immediately. The simple fix for this is to clean the strainer thoroughly to remove any hair that might be clogging it. If that doesn’t solve the problem, withdraw the strainer and use a flashlight to concentrate light into the drainer as you check for the problem. Using a coat hanger made of metal, pry out for any obstacles and then clear the pipe of them. Be careful not to push the object further deep into your shower’s drain.
2. Reach for the Plunger
If removing hair from the strain and the pipes does not solve the problem, you can try using a plunger to clear the blockage. This will work well if the drain’s opening has a tight seal around it; otherwise you can apply jelly onto the rubber cup on the plunger to achieve the same effect. Fill up the shower drain with adequate water such that the water touches the cup of rubber on the plunger. Push down and plunge up and down on it fast and repeatedly. This should be able to remove anything that is blocking water from draining away.
3. Use a Hand Snake
When the plunger doesn’t work to get rid of the shower drain problem, a steel coil attached with an attached crank, also called a hand snake, will come in handy. Take the hand snake and poke it right into the shower drain until you feel it has ran into the solid causing the obstruction. Strengthen the handle and twist it clockwise until the drain is cleared and water flows away. Again, be careful not to push the obstruction in the drain deeper because it will end up being more complex removing it.
4. Apply a Chemical Shower Drain Cleaner
This should be your last resort. It is even advised that you call a professional or a plumber instead of using this method. Do not use the plunger if you apply these chemicals because they are toxic and should not get anywhere near your skin or even respiratory system. Alert a plumber if the problem does not go away and ensure you inform them of using chemicals before they work on your shower’s drain.
A clogged shower drain can damage anyone’s smooth morning. There is nothing more disgusting than a tub full of dirty water that is not going down the shower drain. For people with small children and pets, shower drain problems can easily elevate to dangerous situations.
Try these simple fixes or reach for professional help for shower drain problems before your bathroom becomes completely damaged.