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We often receive queries such as blocked showers etc and it’s not something we usually do, so we thought we’d share some helpful tips so you can unclog a shower drain, yourself!

There is nothing worse than finding yourself ankle-deep in a pool of water after taking your morning shower. The problem? A clogged drain, typically caused by a backup of hair, minerals from hard water and soap scum. A clogged shower drain could be caused by anything from a small blockage to a major obstruction in your main sewer line.

The majority of clogged shower drain problems can be solved by using some fairly simple and straightforward methods and tools. The following methods can help you unclog a shower drain. If the first method does not work, move on to the next solution.

Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

Start with pouring boiling water down your clogged drain. pour the water directly down the drain a little bit at a time, giving the hot liquid the chance to work its way through the clogged drain. The hot water will help break up the soap scum and flush away unnecessary dirt minerals. Do this once a week and hopefully it will keep the blockage away. Use this method if you are certain that your drain pipes are metal. Don’t use boiling water if you have PVC pipes as this might damage the joints.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

A bigger blockage may need more than boiling water. Baking soda and vinegar is a natural way of dissolving hard minerals and unwanted hair in a clogged drain. Pour about a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by an equal amount of vinegar. When mixed, the mixture will bubble and foam up. Give the mixture a few hours to dissolve the blockage and work it’s way through the drain. Run hot water down the drain to help flush the mixture through the pipes.


Try to use a toilet plunger for unclogging the shower drain. Using a plunger is an effective way to bring clogged hair closer to the surface where you can reach it. It may take a few minutes of consistent plunging to get results. You can improve the plunger’s suction power, by applying the rim of the cup with a small amount of petroleum jelly to create a better seal.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

Most hardware stores and supermarkets sell strong chemical drain cleaners. All the products come with directions to use that are to be followed strictly. This method may seem to be a quick and cheap solution to unclog a drain but it is the most dangerous one as well. Always wear gloves and avoid contact with skin. Please note: regular use of these caustic chemicals can cause damage to your pipes and shower fittings. If you are not confident with using chemicals then it’s probably time to give Jones & Brotherton a call


Hopefully, using one or more of these techniques will unclog your shower drain, but if you’re still having trouble or if you are too lazy to do it yourself, contact your local plumbing company JONES & BROTHERTON and let us handle the problem.