Have you ever noticed the water slowly rising in the tub while you’re taking a shower? While there could be a number of different reasons for this to happen, the most likely is that your shower drain is clogged with hair. Both women and men with long hair are guilty of contributing to a clogged shower drain. At first, a clogged shower drain may only cause your tub water to drain slower than usual. However, if it’s left untreated, it will likely get to the point where it no longer drains at all.
The first thing you should try doing is to remove any hair which is directly underneath the drain. I recommend unbending a coat hanger to create a straight and narrow pole with a slight hook on the end to wedge down the drain. Get in your tub, stick the coat hanger down the drain and try to pull up as much clumps of hair you can. You should be able to get a good bit, but there’s a chance the hair is clogged down where you’re unable to reach it.
After pulling up as much hair as you can, pour a bit of boiling water down the shower drain to help remove any leftover residue. Once you’ve done this, wait an hour or so and then try to take a shower. If the drain is still backing up with water, then you were unsuccessful at fixing the problem.
The market is literally flooded (no pun intended) with drain cleaners. Coming from someone whose tried a number of them, I can say that practically all of them simply aren’t worth your money. Although, if you can find a cleaner with a high amount of sulfuric acid, it may help greatly in unclogging your drain. Just be sure to read the safety precautions before using it, as sulfuric acid can cause some pretty serious second and even third degree burns if it comes into contact with your skin.
Call a Professional
When all else fails, call a professional plumber to come out and service your shower drain. One of the tools frequently used to unclog drains is something called a snake. Just as the name suggests, a snake is a metal tube that “snakes” its way through your pipes, unclogging any and everything in its path. Ultimately, this is the safest and most effective method for removing drains in showers.