Anyone that has a shower in their bathroom knows how difficult it can be to keep it working the way it’s intended. There comes a time when something will start to drip, or it will get clogged, and the bottom will slowly fill up with water until it runs out onto the bathroom flooring. Most of us consider this a headache, but there are those that simply look at it as another way of using their skills to fix something.
When it comes to fixing showers, or plumbing in general, you should make sure that you have the knowledge required to do the job right.
If your shower is clogged, it usually means that there is hair stuck in the drain. The first thing you will want to do is make sure that the drain cap is free of any debris. This is simple to do since you can pop the drain cap up without too much effort. Usually a clog will happen around the drain cap, and you can use an old wire coat hanger to try to clear the clog out. If this isn’t the case, then you’re going to need to use a plunger on the drain to try to force the clog through the pipe.
The best way of using a plunger is to turn your hot water on in your shower. Be careful not to burn yourself; this will soften any soap residue and help in removing the clog. If you hear gurgling from your sink while you use the plunger, it means your drain lines are combined and you should also run hot water through your sink at the same time.
This will usually work out well enough and have your drain running freely. If not, you could try some liquid clog remover.
If you are going to use liquid clog remover, make sure that you follow the directions carefully. You don’t want to run the risk of it eating your pipes out and causing more damage than is necessary. If after using liquid clog remover it still isn’t free, then you should call a professional to come and snake your drains. This can end up costing you a lot of money so keep that in mind. You can also monitor your water usage when repairing your shower by installing a flow meter.