How To Clean A Slow Draining Shower

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance

 Shower Drain

Slow Draining Shower Floor Drain – using no chemicals

Every six months of so I notice my shower drain start to accumulate water and drain slowly.

Most people eventually end up with a slow draining bathtub or shower. Long hair, soap and bath products all combine to make a nasty, smelly drain clog.

While many folks may worry and call a plumber of reach for a harsh chemicals to solve their problem, most of the time you can remedy this slow drain, all by yourself, in 10 minutes or less.

Tools Needed:

  • Screwdriver for your drain cover
  • Metal coat hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Plastic bag
  • Rubber gloves

Remove the Drain Cover and Inspect:

The first step is to carefully remove the drain cover and use care not to drop the screws down the drain.   Place the cover to the side for safe keeping.

Reach in and pull out any debris. Many times the clog is right under the drain and can be removed with your fingers. Wear rubber gloves or use a plastic bag like I did in the video.

Many tubs, certainly most older ones, have a stopper located inside the drain and overflow tube. Most of these have a lever on the overflow plate over the drain. To access the open drain you will need to remove the drain stopper. Unscrew the overflow plate and pull the linkage and stopper up and out. Then clean the linkage, stopper and drain.   Rinse and reassemble when done.

Make A Drain Cleaning Tool:

Using lineman pliers I cut out the straight part of a metal coat hanger, either leaving a bend in it or making my own “hook” bend

Use this tool to clean out the remaining debris in the drain.

Using a Wet / Dry Vacuum:

A wet vacuum with a crevice nozzle works well too and often can suck up smaller debris parts that you cannot grab with your hook.

Reattach Drain Cover and Rinse:

Reinstall the drain cover and then run water down the drain for two to three minutes. Flushing the drain like this will clear out any small particles that you were unable to reach with the drain tool.

Shut water off and observe if this remedied your issue. If not you may have a blockage further down the line, requiring a plumbers snake, or a plumbing vent issue.

How To Clean A Slow Draining Shower Video

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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