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How Do I Plunge a Shower Drain?

Shower drains can easily become clogged over time. Between the hair, soap, and products we use, it’s easy for gunk and debris to build up and clog the drain. If you notice that the water in your shower is not properly draining, then you should immediately try to remove the clog. If you leave a clog for too long, it can cause even more damage to your drain and end up costing you, both time and money. Below we’ve detailed how to use a plunger to unclog a shower drain.

See also: How do I unclog my bathroom drain?

Why You Shouldn’t Use Cleaners

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A lot of homeowners turn to drain cleaning products to help remove clogs in their showers. Although some of these products may work, these cleaners often have harsh chemicals that are damaging to your drain and can be hazardous to your health if inhaled. Fortunately, we have a way that can help you save money and remove the clog in your drain without having to hire professional. All you need is a plunger! Keep reading to learn how to plunge your shower drain and get your bathtub back in working condition.

How to Take the Plunge

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All you need is a regular, rubber plunger. Follow the steps below to properly plunge your shower drain:

  1. Remove the cover on your shower drain. Some plates may be bolted down, in which you will need to unscrew the screws and remove the cover.
  2. Inspect the drain to see if you can see any clogs or debris within reach. If so, use a pair of pliers, paperclip, or wire hanger to remove the clog.
  3. Next, you will need to stop the showers overflow drain using a wet rag. This stuff is important and will help the plunger properly emit enough force to remove the clog.
  4. Now, place the plunger over the drain and fill your shower with a little bit of water so that the bottom of the plunger is covered.
  5. Begin pushing the plunger up and down forcefully. Repeat this rhythm at least 15 to 20 times.
  6. Remove the plunger and let any excess water drain away. If you notice that the water is not draining, you may need to plunge again.
  7. When you are done, run some hot water down the drain to ensure that it is properly draining and to help remove any residual debris.

See also: How do I unclog my toilet?

Know When to Call a Plumber

If you still can’t get rid of that shower clog, or any other clog for that matter, then it may be time to call the professional plumbers at ACE Home Services. Our plumbers are experienced and ready to tackle any plumbing problem you may have. Even if it’s an emergency, ACE is here for you for all of your plumbing needs! Simply call (602) 943-2000 or click here to schedule a service call.