How to Unclog a Shower Drain Using a Coat Hanger

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Especially if your shower gets heavy use, it's almost a certainty that the hair and soap scum will build up in the drain and cause a clog. Once you notice water accumulating while you shower, you need to take some action to get rid of that clog. It's as simple as using a coat hanger.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Paper towels
  • Pot
  • Remove the drain plug or drain cover. You might be able to do this by hand, or you might need to use a screwdriver to remove it.

  • Straighten the hanger by hand. Using the pliers, make a small loop at one end.

  • Stick the coat hanger down the drain as far as it will go. If you don't feel resistance, chances are you haven't hit the elbow where the clog is. In this case, you can tie two coat hangers together, using pliers to twist them, and try again.

  • Rotate the hanger clockwise several times as you are pushing it down the drain. Pull the hanger back out and clean the hair and soap scum off with a paper towel. Repeat the process until no more material comes up.

  • Fill a pot with water and boil it on the stove. Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain to remove any more residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, follow it with 1/2 cup of vinegar and plug the drain with a rag. Let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse with boiling water.

References

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