It’s early morning. Your coffee is brewing and you’re ready for a nice, hot shower—but by the time you finish, you’re standing ankle deep in dirty, soapy water.
It’s unpleasant having a clogged shower drain in your home. In addition to making it impossible to start your day on a high note, it also means that you aren’t getting as clean as you want to.
Have you tried to fix the problem, but it keeps happening or getting worse? If so, then you’re probably very frustrated by this situation. Even worse, a persistent clog can be a symptom of a bigger problem with your sewer lines.
Fortunately, we have the solution—call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Dallas. We’ll track your problem to its source and eliminate it so you can rest easy and enjoy your showers again without feeling like you’re splashing in a mud puddle.
What Causes Clogged Shower Drains?
You may be wondering what, exactly, is stuck in your pipe causing all this trouble. Most likely, it’s a combination of things that have been washed down your drain and built up over time into a big, nasty mass. Here are some common elements of a shower clog:
Hard water deposits
Hair and dead skin cells
Small items like shampoo bottle caps and razors
Sand, dirt, and grime
How to Unclog Your Shower Drain
If you have typical clogs, you may be able to get pipes running again yourself with some elbow grease. Here are two methods that may help.
However, if you have a very stubborn blockage, or you’ve unclogged your drain many times only to have it get blocked up again right away, there’s something going on that needs professional attention.
Plunge, Plunge, Plunge
Your first step is plunging. Make sure you have the right kind of plunger with a simple rubber cup—the rubber end should be cup-shaped, not bell-shaped, so it can sit flat over the drain. (Bell shapes are toilet plungers.) It's also smart to put on some rubber gloves.
You’ll need some water around your plunger to help suction, so add some into your tub or shower tray first. Push down on the plunger slowly at first to help form a seal, then begin plunging away, much as you would on your toilet.
Be patient—it can take a lot of plunging to work that clog loose, but it’s effective on common blockages.
Try Snaking the Drain
If you didn’t have any luck with your plunger, you can try snaking your drain. Basic plumbing snakes (also called cable augers) are available at any hardware store, but you can also make homemade versions by straightening out wire coat hangers. Remove your drain cover, then bend the end into a narrow hook and lower it into the drain until you feel the blockage. Push and twist the hook through the blockage, then pull it up—hopefully with the clog attached.
Call in the Pros
A clogged shower drain might not be caused by a clog in the piping beneath your shower. The culprit might actually be a blocked or broken sewer line. But how can you tell? Some possible symptoms of a serious problem with your sewer pipes are:
Nasty sewage smells coming from drains, or noticeable in the basement or yard
Strange sounds from drains such as bubbling, gurgling, or grinding
Visible raw sewage in low-lying fixtures such as the toilet, bathtub, or shower
Pooling water on your lawn
Sudden lush spots in the grass
If you notice any of these signs, or you simply can’t get a drain to stay unclogged no matter what you try, it’s time to call in a professional plumber to get to the bottom of your sewer system and let the water flow again. Depending on what’s causing the problem, here are some treatment options we may use.
Video Camera Inspection
If it’s not obvious what the root cause of the clog is, a video camera inspection is a helpful diagnostic tool. A small camera on the end of a flexible cable is lowered into the drain and pushed through your pipe. It records a video of its journey, so your plumber can get a good look at the inside of the pipe and interpret what they’re seeing. That way, they can see if there are any breaks or cracks in your sewer pipe that are causing your clogged shower drain issue.
This highly effective, non-invasive technology uses high-powered jets of water to blast away debris that’s clogging your pipe, thoroughly removing hard water deposits, clumps of hair, soap scum, and other forms of build-up so water can flow freely again. HydroScrub® jetting is also an excellent preventative maintenance tactic that can extend the lifespan of your sewer lines.
Trenchless Sewer Line Repair
Everyone dreads getting the news that their sewer lines need to be repaired or replaced, because the process used to require a huge, muddy trench to be dug across your property to access underground pipes, destroying all the landscaping in its path.
Fortunately, Mr. Rooter has a better solution. We use trenchless repair and replacement techniques that, as the name suggests, eliminate the need to dig a trench. This can save you a lot of time and money. It’s also far less damaging to your property and the repairs are highly effective.
Rely on Mr. Rooter to Tackle Your Clogged Shower Drain!
Now that we’ve covered various ways Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Dallas can help you with a clogged shower drain, you might be ready to take action—so are we!