If your shower drain is clogged up, chances are: hair is the culprit. Many people turn to chemical drain cleaners to fix their hair-clogged shower drains, but you have other home solutions at your disposal that are cheaper and less-damaging to your pipes than pouring a bunch of chemicals down the drain.
Here’s one: gather a wire coat hanger, a paperclip, a plunger, and some rubber gloves (you’re gonna need the gloves; trust us). Straighten the body of a wire coat hanger and bend the hook so that it fits down the drain. Next, straighten out a paperclip.
Put on the rubber gloves and remove the drain strainer, if you can. Remove any hair from the top of the drain that you can reach with your fingers (bet you’re glad you remembered those gloves!)
If the shower still isn’t draining properly, run the water until about four inches fill up the tub or shower. Use a plunger on the shower drain to try to bring the hair closer to the top of the drain so you can remove it with your fingers.
Next, insert the hanger into the shower drain, hook-end first. Catch and remove any hair in the drain opening by moving it around and pulling it back out.
Do this a second time, this time pushing the hanger down as far as it will go without letting go of it, twisting it in a circular motion, and again pulling it up out of the drain and removing any hair.
Finally, use the paperclip to catch and remove any hair that in the top of the shower drain or strainer that the hanger didn’t catch. Now, the nasty part is over (hopefully).
If your shower is still draining slowly after physically removing all the hair you can get out with a hanger and plunger, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar after two minutes. In another 20 minutes, pour boiling water down the drain.
Try the hanger steps again if you’re still having drainage problems after pouring boiling water down the drain, and if all else fails, call a plumber.
(Flickr Photo By godber)