How to Unclog a Shower Drain

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Easily fix a slow-draining shower by removing clogs

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

If your shower isn't draining easily, it usually means there's a clog somewhere in the shower drain line. Fortunately, this is a quick fix. This guide will show you how to quickly remove even the most stubborn clogs.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Check for clogs
Check for clogs  - How to Unclog a Shower Drain

• Remove the strainer cover using a screwdriver.
• Use a flashlight to look for hair clogs in the drain opening.
• Use a stiff wire - an old coat hanger will do in a pinch - to clear shower drain of hair or to snag any obstructions.

2
Use a plunger
Use a plunger   - How to Unclog a Shower Drain

• You can clear most shower drain clogs with a plunger.
• Place the rubber cup over the drain opening and run enough water into the shower stall to cover the lip of the cup.
• Move the plunger handle up and down rapidly to force out the clog.

3
Clear stubborn clogs
Clear stubborn clogs  - How to Unclog a Shower Drain

• If the plunger didn't work, try a hand snake.
• Feed the end of the cable into the drain hole.
• When you feel the cable stop, crank the handle clockwise to snag the clog.
• Continue cranking while pulling the clog all the way out.