How to Unclog Bad Drain Clogs in the Shower

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Clean a severe clog in the shower drain with a plunger.
Clean a severe clog in the shower drain with a plunger. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When you have a bad drain clog in the shower area, either you have not cleaned your drain in ages or hair has built up and resulted in a slow moving drain. Cleaning the drain is not difficult, and once you remove the initial clog, check and clean your drain regularly to prevent future clogs.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunger
  • Pipe snake
  • Boiling water
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hair clog remover

Hold a plunger tightly over the shower drain. Push and pull the plunger vigorously to pull any clogged residue apart.

Pour 1 gallon boiling water down the drain.

Pour 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar down the shower drain. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Pour 1 gallon boiling water into the drain again. If the clog has cleared and water is draining normally, you are finished. If the drain is still clogged, proceed to step 5.

Push a pipe snake down the drain if any clog remains, pushing the snake in and out five times. Pour 1 gallon hot water into the drain after using the pipe snake, again watching to see if the drain is working properly. If the drain is still clogged, proceed to step 6.

Pour a hair clog remover into the drain if your shower still is not draining properly. Use a clog remover safe for your drain type. If you are unsure what your pipes are made of, choose a clog remover that is labeled safe for all plumbing systems. Follow the instructions on the package for measurements and timing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pour 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar into your drain each month to break up residue as it develops.

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