If you are not careful, hair and lint can easily clog up your shower drain. If you recently found yourself standing ankle deep in water during your last shower, that is a sure sign that you need to unclog your shower drain. You can follow the steps below and try to unclog it yourself, or you can click here to contact a plumber to come out and do the job for you.
- A plastic bag or small trash bag
- A couple of paper towels
- Kitchen or bathroom anti-bacterial household cleaner
- A wire coat hanger
- Either a flat head or Phillips screw driver
- Cutting pliers
- Needle-nose pliers
- Pot of boiling water
Once you have all the supplies listed above, you are ready to get to work. Just follow these simple steps below.
- Take off the drain cover in your shower. If you have a hair strainer in your shower, take that off as well. Clean the bottom of the strainer; it likely has gunk built up on the bottom of it. Spray some anti-bacterial household cleaner on it and wipe it off with some paper towels.
- Next, bend the wire hanger until it is straight. Use your pliers to create a 3/4 inch hook.
- Once your hanger is ready, stick it down your drain and move it around.
- The hook will get caught on hair. Once you feel it has gotten caught, start to pull it up. Make sure you have your trash bag handy, cause hair from the drain does not look or smell good.
- Repeat steps three and four until the hanger no longer gets caught on any debris.
- Pour boiling water down the drain to clean it out.
- Reattach your hair strainer and drain cover.
After you follow these easy steps, you should no longer be standing in ankle deep water when you take your next shower. If these steps do not get the job done, or you cannot get all of the hair out on your own, make sure that you call up your local plumber. They can clean your shower drain for you and even give you tips on how to prevent this problem from happening again.