You step in the shower and begin lathering up when you realize you are standing in several inches of soapy, dirty water. Yuck. You have a clogged drain, that is certain. Do you have to rush to the phone and call in a pro?
Before you do, you can try a few straightforward methods that might just clear up your clog completely. Better still, you probably have the necessary tools and supplies in your garage, closet or pantry right now.
Give It a Grab
A common culprit of shower clogs is hair stuck near the top of the drain. Remove the screws that secure the strainer covering the drain and lift it up. You might want to slip on some rubber gloves at this point, because it can be a bit messy. Peek into the drain using a flashlight to see if you can pinpoint the clog. If it is close enough to the top, reach in and scoop out the hair and other gunk causing your problem.
If the clog has moved out of your reach but you think you can see the blockage, grab a thin but sturdy length of wire with a small hook at one end, such as an undone, straightened clothes hanger. Slide the wire into the drain and dig out the clump of hair.
The Volcano Method
Remember the science project that spilled out all over your mom's kitchen table? Replicate the process in your drain to flush down the gunk. Simply pour a few cups of very hot –but not boiling—water straight down the drain all at once. Wait about 15 minutes and then give it a few good plunges.
Put Some Muscle into It
Speaking of using the plunger, this handy bathroom tool might be all you need to resolve your standing water concerns. For best results, scoop out excess water so you can create a tight seal between the plunger and the drain. Use a vertical, up and down motion to move the obstruction.
Suck It Up, Buttercup
Pull out the old wet/dry vac and prepare it for the liquid setting by removing the bag and filters. Place the hose in the drain and turn it on to attempt to extract the blockage.
More often than not, one of these tried and true techniques will do the job. When all else fails, you may need to call in a plumber or sewer line service for a professional drain cleaning, but even then you will know you tried and you might learn something new in the process. To learn more, contact a company like Puget Sound Plumbing.