How to unclog a shower drain

How to unclog a shower drain

Do you have problems with your shower drain? Shower obstruction is one of those problems that we will definitely face at least once in our lives.

The drain in the shower must always work properly and the water drained at a rapid rate with each use. When it clogs, then immediate blockage is deemed necessary.

We never allow too much time to pass because the damage may extend to other sewer systems such as the toilet sink. Inside the siphon of each bathroom pass three sewer pipes.

In addition to the shower, there is a sink drain, and a washing machine drain. So if one of the three clogs, the function of the others may be affected.

On this page  Αποφράξεις Πειραιά provide you with information about the causes of a clogged shower, what we can do to prevent it, and what solutions are available to make a successful blockage on our own, as well as where it is necessary for a professional to intervene.

How the slower drains clocks

The main reason that will lead you to the shower is the moment when the water and the soap do not release inside the siphon after each use. The result is the formation of small ponds in the shower.

But how do we get to this point? Hair and soaps are the key answer to the question. Whenever we take a bath, a quantity of them passes with the water into the pipette.

At the same time, as long as the hairs do not dissolve, they become a tangle that grows and traps other materials in its passage. So with time comes the plug.

In addition, a shower can get clogged after washing carpets and rugs or even after bathing our little pets.

Therefore the accumulation of different materials is the most basic cause for the clogging of the shower. Secondly, the age of the sewerage network as well as its construction is to blame for such a situation.

When a network consists of pipes with a narrow diameter they are definitely more prone to blockages as the same is true of old pipes, with damage and accumulations.

Finally, the combination of all the above reasons is disastrous for the shower siphon.

A good solution that we recommend as a precaution is to place small pieces of tulle or net on the metal lid of the shower siphon.

This will definitely prevent the bristles and soaps from getting into the tube, it is easy to install and you can throw it away and install another after 2-3 uses.

Closed shower indications

When the shower “goes” to clog there are some symptoms to which we should pay attention. First and foremost is the fact that the water is not released quickly into the pipette, ie it drains slowly.

Also, when odors come through the siphon. And the last symptom is the strange sound you hear through the tiles every time you turn on the faucet or the shower phone a little more.

Easy ways to discharge a shower

With materials that are easily found in the house and without having to spend money you can do the shower disassembly. However, if you do not succeed, there is an alternative way that will provide you with a permanent solution to the problem.

All you have to do is make a phone call and in a few minutes one of our equipped crews will be at your door.

By water jet from a pressure machine or by using an electric mechanism we will not only block the shower siphon but we will completely clean the pipe from collected cigars and any other accumulated material.

How to discharge a shower

Disassemble the shower with baking soda and vinegar

The process that we will describe to you is simple and easy. First put on gloves and remove the metal cover from your shower siphon. Pull out as many hairs as you can out of the tube with your fingers and throw them in the trash.

Then pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the mouth of the shower siphon. Then pour 1/2 bottle of vinegar and leave the mixture to act for about 1/2 hour. Then pour 1 large pot of boiling water on top to help dissolve any residue in the tube.

If the problem persists, repeat the process. Also, after disassembling the bathtub, it is advisable to pour hot water into the siphon 2 to 3 times a month to prevent the problem from recurring.

Is like learning to ride a bicycle, when you learn it you never forget it!

Disassembly of shower with suction cup

First, as above, remove as much hair and other debris as you can from the siphon. Disassembling a shower with a suction cup is one of the most classic methods of occlusion. Apply Vaseline to the lips of the suction cup so that there is no air loss to create the required air vacuum. Immediately after, place the suction cup on the mouthpiece and pour water until it covers the suction cup head. With reciprocating movements, and with enough force, start rocking the suction cup up and down so that the vacuum created creates the tube unblocked. After 10 – 20 such movements raise the suction cup.
If the water leaves the drain pipe quickly and normally, it means that the reasons for the clogged shower have subsided. If the water persists to leave at the same slow speed, repeat the process.

Shower disassembly with wire

If you have thick wire at home, then it will help you to make the blockage. If not, then no problem since we will teach you now how to make an improvisation. You will need pliers and a wire hanger. For a start, straighten the hanger with the help of pliers by making a hook at one end. Pass it into the siphon and with careful movements try to pull out as much of the blocked materials.

This method usually has a great effect on the hair. Finish after putting the cap in the shower by filling it with plenty of hot water. Pull the plug sharply to drain the water and observe its flow at the same time. If the water is released quickly then it means that you have succeeded!

Disassemble the bathtub with baking soda and lemon juice

Before starting the process, make sure that the drain has drained of excess (stagnant) water. Start by pouring a little hot water which will expel all the unnecessary substances that have accumulated in the pipette. Immediately after, empty 1 cup of baking soda. Try to drop the entire amount into the tube. After baking soda, add 1 cup of lemon juice relatively slowly. The juice with the soda will create a reaction and you will understand this because you will see the mixture swell and foam.

Then cover the siphon with an old wet towel. We do this because we do not want the mixture to go up, but to find a passage inside and go down, thus unclogging the drain. You should leave the towel on the siphon for about 30 minutes, so that the action of the foam breaks the barrier. Once 30 minutes have passed, take the towel off and slowly add enough hot water to rinse the siphon internally.

Try letting the water run to check if the shower is clogged. If not you can either repeat the process one more time or try a different way.

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