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If you live in Cumbria or elsewhere in the North West of England, there's a good chance that you've had to deal with a blocked shower drain at some point. Drains can become clogged for a variety of reasons, from soap and hair buildup to more serious issues like damaged pipes. If you're dealing with a clogged shower drain, it's important to get it cleared as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your plumbing system. In this guide, we'll walk you through some effective methods for cleaning out shower drains in Cumbria.
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of cleaning out your shower drain, we'd like to introduce ourselves. We are Drainage Cumbria, a drain cleaning company based in Cumbria. We specialise in all aspects of drain maintenance, including cleaning, unblocking, and repairing. Our team of experienced technicians are on hand to help you with any drain related issues you may be experiencing. We pride ourselves on providing fast, efficient, and friendly service to our customers, and we're available 24/7 for emergency call-outs. If you need our services, give us a call on 01228 734162.
Before you can start cleaning out your shower drain, it's important to understand how it works. Your shower drain is designed to allow water to flow out of your shower and into your home's plumbing system. As water flows through the drain, it can pick up dirt, soap, and hair, which can all contribute to a blockage over time. Depending on the severity of the blockage, you may notice that your shower is draining slowly or not at all.
One of the simplest ways to clean out your shower drain is to use water. This can help to dislodge soap scum and hair, allowing it to flow out of the drain more easily. To use this method, you'll need a bucket of hot water. Carefully pour the water down the drain and wait for it to drain out. Repeat this process a few times, and you should notice an improvement in your shower's drainage.
If water alone isn't enough to unblock your shower drain, there are a few items you can use to help. One popular method is to use a plunger. This works by creating suction that can dislodge the blockage. To use a plunger, simply fill your shower with enough water to cover the bottom of the plunger. Place the plunger over the drain and use a steady up-and-down motion to create suction. Keep doing this for a few minutes and then release the plunger. Check the water has flowed down the drain. Often the shower will start to drain down again.
You can also try using a drain snake, also known as a plumbing auger. This tool is designed to reach deep into your pipes, allowing you to dislodge any blockages. To use a drain snake, simply insert it into the drain and slowly turn the handle while pushing it further down the drain. Keep doing this until you feel resistance, then use a back and forth motion to dislodge any blockages. This is an effective method for more stubborn blockages.
Another method that may work is pouring baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar. The chemical reaction caused by the two ingredients can help to dislodge any blockages. To use this method, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by half a cup of vinegar. Wait for a few minutes and then pour hot water down the drain to flush out any remaining debris.
One of the most common causes of shower drain blockages is hair and soap buildup. If you or your family members have long hair, it's important to remove any loose hair from the drain after each shower to prevent it from accumulating. You can use a drain cover to catch hair before it goes down the drain. Similarly, soap buildup can be prevented by using soap-free products where possible.
Sometimes blockages can be caused by more serious issues, such as damaged or broken pipes. These can be more difficult to diagnose and fix, as they may require professional assistance. If you suspect that your shower drain is blocked due to damaged pipes, it's important to get it inspected by a professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your plumbing system.
If you've tried all the methods above and your shower drain is still blocked, it's time to call in the professionals. Drainage Cumbria can help you with any drain related issue you may be having. Our team of experienced technicians use the latest equipment to quickly diagnose and fix any problems. We're available 24/7 for emergency call-outs, so if you're experiencing a blocked shower drain, give us a call on 01228 734162.
A blocked shower drain can be a frustrating and inconvenient problem to deal with, but it's important to address it as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your plumbing system. With the methods above, you should be able to effectively clean out your shower drain and get it flowing again. Remember to take preventative measures like using drain covers and soap-free products to avoid future blockages. If you do run into any further problems, don't hesitate to contact Drainage Cumbria for help.