Are you in the shower and the water is not draining? No problem, after all, there are some methods to get everything back to work – and in many cases without chemicals.
There is hardly anything more annoying than standing in the shower and then you notice that the water rises higher and higher. A scrutinizing look at the drain confirms what they both see and feel on their feet: nothing drains anymore.
A sudden stagnation of water in the shower can make it much more difficult to start the day. But don't worry, clogged drains can often be repaired yourself with simple means and a little manual skill. Before consulting a professional, you should try the following steps to solve the problem.
Drain clogged in the shower: what to try now
Of course, a coffee or tea would be a better way to start the day than a clogged drain in the shower. But still, if possible, you should not fall into a rush. After all, there are a few ways to clear the drain again – and often without the use of a plumber.
Try one – or more if necessary – of the following options:
- Remove visible blockages: Check the shower drain for hair, soap residue, or other debris that could be obstructing the flow of water. If necessary, use gloves and tweezers to remove these debris. A towel or some toilet paper can provide better "grip".
- Hot water cure for the drain: Pour boiling water down the drain to loosen grease and other debris. A mixture of hot water and vinegar can also be effective. Leave the liquid on for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water. Plumbers have an extra tip in store here: washing-up liquid.
- Use of tools: A drain spiral is a useful tool to loosen deeper blockages. Gently insert the spiral into the drain and turn it clockwise to remove possible obstructions. Be careful not to damage the drain.
- Home remedies for constipation: Baking soda or baking soda in combination with vinegar have been tried and tested for generations to relieve stubborn constipation. Add four to five tablespoons of baking soda or baking soda to the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar (or diluted vinegar essence). Allow the mixture to foam and work before rinsing with hot water. By the way: This combo also helps wonderfully against bad odors from the drain.
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Last attempt: the chemical club
If all the previous methods do not bring the desired success, you can resort to chemical drain cleaners. However, keep in mind that these can be very aggressive and can cause damage if used improperly. These cleaners are also not ideal for the environment. Important here: Always read the application instructions carefully and follow the procedure. And: Do not mix different cleaners, it could produce harmful gases.
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If the drain in the showeris clogged, you can often free it up again with simple home remedies. (Symbolic image) © Carmen Steiner/Imago
According to the online portal Myhomebook, you should also refrain from using granule pipe cleaners. These often contain components such as aluminum crystals, nitrate and sodium carbonate. When they come into contact with water, a corrosive lye is produced, which in turn develops heat in combination with aluminum. Excessive use of the powder drain cleaner can lead to heat build-up, which causes the cleaner to crystallize and clog the pipe. Should this happen, the only option left is to run hot water repeatedly to unclog the blockage.
Time for the professional
If these measures do not bring success or the problem recurs again and again, it is advisable to contact a professional plumber. As a rule, he has special equipment in his luggage and gets the drain free again in no time at all with compressed air, for example.
This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by editor Anna Heyers before publication.