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Help! My Shower Won't Drain

When your morning shower starts to feel like a bath, thanks to rising water levels, it’s clear you have a problem on your hands. Though shower clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems a homeowner will face, many don’t know what to do when their water doesn’t drain. At Mr. Rooter, we’re here to help in any way we can!

Common Causes of Shower Clogs

  • Build up of soap, shampoo or conditioner
  • Human or pet hair
  • Buildup of sediments
  • Stray objects, like children's toys

Tips for Removing a Clog

Tip 1: Remove Surface Debris

Use your fingers or an old toothbrush to remove the surface debris from the drain's screen. With this method, you can pull away clogs of hair or lint that are covered with soap or shampoo scum.

Tip 2: Remove the Drain's Screen

If the covering looks clean but still isn’t draining, it’s time to dig deeper (literally). Use a screwdriver to open the covering and grab debris that’s in your pipes. If you do notice anything, make sure you dispose of it in a garbage back and not down another drain (like the toilet).

Tip 3: Hot Water

Fill a bucket with warm water and pour it into the bathroom shower drain. If soap scum, body wash, gels, or hair products are clogging your drain, the warm water will disintegrate and wash them away.

Tip 4: Homemade Cleaner

Pour a box of baking soda over the drainage screen before slowly pouring vinegar over the baking soda. This creates a bubbling reaction that will last for several minutes and naturally eliminate any debris in your pipes.

Tip 5: Rubber-tipped Plunger

An old-fashioned plunger is still one of the best ways to unclog pipes. Place the rubber tip over the drainage screen while applying pressure before pulling it upward to dislodge the hardened debris.

Feel like you’ve tried everything and you still can’t get your shower to drain? Have no fear, Mr. Rooter of Central PA is here! Give us a call at (717) 516-2673.