How to Clear a Blocked Shower Drain Without Using Chemicals

If the drain in your shower is starting to become blocked, you will notice that water is beginning to collect in the basin. The most likely cause of the blockade will be a build up of stray hairs, soap and dead skin cells. You could use a chemical drain cleaner to deal with this blockage. However, the chemicals used in these products can be very harsh on the environment. Therefore, you may wish first to attempt to clear the drain using natural methods. Below is a guide to 3 steps you need to take to clear a blocked shower drain.

Manually Removal Debris

If the blockage is close to the entrance of the drain, you may be able to remove the blockage using your fingers. To check if this is possible, you will need to remove the drain cover. To do this, you should remove any screws and then use a flathead screwdriver to lift the drain cover gently. Once you have removed the cover, you should put on a silicon glove and place your fingers into the mouth of the drain. If you can feel any debris in the mouth of the drain, you should lift them out. 

Add Baking Soda and Vinegar

When you have removed any debris, you should then add about a cup of baking soda to the drain. This should be followed by a glug of white vinegar. As soon as you add the vinegar, you should cover the mouth of the drain using a plug or cloth. When baking soda and white vinegar are mixed, a chemical reaction is triggered which releases carbon dioxide and creates a caustic mix. The pressure created by the build up of carbon dioxide in the drain and the caustic effect of the mix will help to break down and clear any blockage in the drain.

Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

You should keep the drain covered for a few hours. Once this time has passed, you should boil a large pan or kettle of water and slowly pour it down the drain. The hot water will help to break down any oils and fats which have built up in the drain and will also help to wash away any dirt and debris which is still trapped in the pipe.

If you would like further advice about how to clear a blocked drain, you should contact a professional plumbing service today.