Natural Method for Unblocking a Shower Drain

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If you notice that the drain in your shower is backing up with water when you have the water running, you likely have a blockage. Blockages in your shower drain are mainly caused by hair and soap scum buildup. Instead of using a typical drain cleaner in your shower drain that is filled with harsh chemicals, it can be safer to choose a more natural drain blockage removal method. It is important that you know how to unblock a shower drain without the use of any harsh chemicals to keep your pipes from becoming damaged.


In order to get access to the shower drain that is blocked, you will need to remove the catcher or cover on the drain. In some cases, you may have to remove actual screws in order to get the catcher free, but any many cases it can be pried loose using a screwdriver. Once you have the catcher removed from the drain, you can then use your gloved fingers to remove as mush debris as possible. Just be sure that you are not pushing any of the debris further into the drain.

Baking Soda

Once you have removed as much debris as possible from the drain, you can then pour about a cup of baking soda into the shower drain. Once you have the baking soda in the drain, you can then add about a half cup of white vinegar into the drain. It is important that after you have poured both the baking soda and white vinegar into the drain that you cover the drain. It is possible to cover the drain using a drain plug that is right size or a rag that you can securely stuff over the drain opening. You want to make sure that the baking soda and white vinegar can't be released through the opening. These ingredients will begin to foam within the drain and will cause a reaction.

Boiling Water

You should allow the drain to remain covered for about an hour. During this time you can begin boiling water. Use a large pan to boil water into. After an hour has passed, you can take the cover off the shower drain and then pour the boiling water down the drain. Be sure that you pour the water down the drain slowly. If you notice that there is still a small blockage, you can repeat these steps until water flows through the drain freely.

If you need more assistance, contact a professional like South East Plumbing Service.


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