Do you often find yourself standing in ankle-deep water while taking a shower? Does water take forever to drain out of your shower? If yes, your shower drain may be clogged. A clogged shower drain is not only inconvenient but also unhygienic. It can lead to stagnant water, which may attract insects and bacteria.
If you live in Cumbria and you are facing shower drain blockage issues, worry not! Drainage Cumbria is here to help. We are a drain cleaning company in Cumbria, offering drain unblocking and cleaning services to residential and commercial clients in Cumbria and the North West of England. With years of experience, we have tackled countless shower drain blockage scenarios and successfully unclogged them. In this guide, we will share our expertise with you and provide you with a step-by-step guide to cleaning and unclogging your shower drain.
Before we dive into the process of unclogging a shower drain, let's discuss the common causes of a clogged shower drain.
One of the most common culprits of shower drain blockage is hair. As you wash your hair, strands may fall off and accumulate in the drain, creating a blockage. Over time, the hair may mix with soap and shampoo residue, making the clog harder to dislodge.
Soap residue, especially that of bar soap, can accumulate in the drain and cause blockages. Soap residue attracts dirt and other debris, making clogs more stubborn.
If you live in an area with hard water, minerals in the water may accumulate in your drain over time, creating blockages.
Sometimes, foreign objects such as shampoo bottle caps, razors, and toy pieces may find their way down the shower drain, causing obstructions.
The following are signs that your shower drain may be clogged:
If you notice any of these signs, it's time to take action.
Now that you know what causes a clogged shower drain and the signs to look out for, let's dive into the main topic - how to clean and unclog a shower drain.
Before you start unclogging your shower drain, collect the following items:
Put on your rubber gloves and remove the drain cover. If the drain cover is held in place with screws, use your screwdriver to remove them.
With your gloved hands, remove any visible hair and debris on the drain cover and in the drain. If you don't see anything, use a flashlight to inspect the drain more closely.
Place the plunger over the drain and ensure it creates a seal. Add some water to create suction, and vigorously pump the plunger up and down for about a minute. This process creates pressure that can dislodge the clog.
If the plunger doesn't work, it's time to use a drain snake. Insert the drain snake into the drain, and turn the handle clockwise to make the snake move further down the drain. Once you hit the clog, turn the handle anticlockwise to hook it. Pull out the drain snake, and dispose of the clog in a bin.
Once you've removed the clog, run some water to test if the drain is unclogged. If the water flows out smoothly, you have successfully unclogged your drain.
Clean the drain cover and replace it. Use soapy water and a stiff-bristled brush to scrub away any grime on the drain cover.
To prevent future blockages, follow these tips:
If you've followed the above steps and your shower drain is still clogged, it's time to call in the professionals. At Drainage Cumbria, we have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment required to handle even the toughest of drain blockages. Our team of experienced technicians will assess the situation, identify the cause of the blockage, and use the most appropriate method to clean and unclog your drain. We take pride in our commitment to customer satisfaction, and we assure you of timely and efficient services.
To get in touch with us, call 01228 734162 or email us at [email protected]. Visit our website at drainagecumbria.uk to learn more about our services.