Unclogging a drain can be done with commercial chemicals or by using a natural unclogging agent like baking soda, vinegar and hot water. Unplug a shower drain with other methods like a coat hanger or plumber's snake with tips from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement.
Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, and I'm going to show you how to unclog shower drains. Now, when we have a clog in our shower drain, usually I have standing water in here. It usually means some hair and different things have gotten down in there. Now, you can use a commercial product that maybe has a gel base or something like that that'll actually penetrate down in though that water and will clear that clog. And you want to let that sit. Just follow the directions. Some of them, you may just sit for 15 minutes. Some of them may need to sit overnight. Whatever you use in chemicals, make sure that you do run the water faucet on hot for at least 10 minutes so you can clear any of those residual chemicals out. Now, there are some things that we can use that we just have around the house. We can use baking soda and white vinegar. And to use that, we'll pour about a cup of the baking soda down the drain, and then follow it up by a cup of the vinegar. That'll actually create a foaming action that'll break up that clog. And then after we let that sit for about 10 minutes, we're going to take a pot of hot water and it's also not a bad idea to go ahead and put a cup of salt in that hot water to create a brine solution. And we're going to pour that down the drain and let that sit for about five minutes, and then, again, run the faucet for about 10 minutes to clear any residual out. And that should take care of it. Now, if you have some stubborn clogs, you can take a clothes hanger like this and make a hook, open your drain, and reach down in there to clear that clog. Now, if it's a...if that clog is way down in the pipes where you can't quite reach it and you can't dislodge it, you may need to get a plumber snake, which you feed down in there and twist, and it'll go down there and break that clog up. And that's all there is to it. So I'm Tim Gipson, and that's how to clear shower drains.