Shower drains clogged over time due to hair buildup and soap scum. As hair falls down the drain during showers, it clumps together and slows the water flow. Eventually, the drain can get completely blocked, causing a bad smell from the drain. Check out the below tips to prevent clogged drains in the shower and remove hair clogs:
1. Use a hair catcher
Hair catchers or stopper screens also help catch hair before it goes down the drain to prevent future clogged drains. These catchers are inexpensive, easy to install, easy for you to remove the hair every time after a shower and highly effective at preventing hair-clogged drains that slow the water flow.
2. Perform a baking soda and vinegar treatment
Make a paste from baking soda and vinegar and pour it into the drain. After await for 15 minutes, you can pour boiling water to the drain. Repeat if needed. The chemical reaction helps lift the clog from the drain so it can wash away.
3. Use a plunger or plumber’s snake
Place a plunger over the drain and plunge up and down forcefully until you break up the clog and get good suction. As an alternative, a plumber’s snake can be used to physically break up clogs in bathtubs, sinks and shower drains. Feed the snake down the drain by hand or with the plunger to grip and grab onto the hair clog to pull it out. Then your shower flow should not be as slow as before.
With regular preventative cleaning and maintenance, the hair-clogged drain can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated from shower drains. Screening drains, making chemical treatments, plumbing, or snaking can help resolve even the toughest hair blockages and prevent slowing down the shower flow. Keeping drains clear and flowing well protects plumbing and reduces frustrating drain problems.