Let’s face it, at some point or another your drains will get clogged. It’s just a fact of life. It is never a good feeling to be in the middle of a shower only to discover that you’re standing in an inch of soapy, murky water, yuck! Of course, you could call a professional plumber to clear your drain, and we at Sun Plumbing would be more than happy to do this for you if you’d like. BUT, before you pick up the phone we’d like you to know a few DIY tricks you can try first to unclog your drain.
You might be thinking ‘why would they give plumbing tips instead of saying to call them?’ Well, it’s because we genuinely care about the people in our community. We don’t want you to spend your hard-earned money if you don’t have to! After all, we’re a localplumbing company, and we rely on our fellow Brevard County residents for business. So, no, we’re not going to tell you to call us for every minor plumbing issue when you could probably remedy the situation yourselves! We pride ourselves on our honesty and integrity, and we’d never recommend a service that you don’t need. So, without further ado, here are three ways to unclog your shower drain. If these don’t work, THEN give us a call and we’ll be happy to help out!
Just like a plunger can work on a toilet, it can also (sometimes) extract whatever is blocking your shower drain. To get a better grip on the drain, try adding petroleum jelly around it and running water in the shower to submerge the head of the plunger. Then…plunge! This might not work if the clog is deep in the drain, but it’s worth a try.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is a natural solution compared to a chemical drain cleaner, so give this a try before resorting to harsh chemicals. First, pour one cup of baking soda down the clogged shower drain. After a couple minutes pour a cup of vinegar down the drain. It might bubble up, so don’t be surprised if it does! Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain.
The Hands-On Solution
This one is a little gross, but it usually works. Break out some gloves and take off the drain cover. You may need to unscrew the cover. Once you have the drain cover off, use a flashlight to see if you can locate the blockage. If you’re able to, simply pull the blockage out or use a coat hanger if the blockage isn’t within reach.
We hope one of these solutions worked for you! If not, please call us and one of our experienced plumbers will have your drain unclogged in no time. We proudly assist the people of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera and beyond with all their plumbing needs.