How to Unclog Shower Drains

The best way to unclog a shower drain is to first look for a hair clog somewhere in the shower drain line. Hair clogs may sound nasty, but they're pretty common and easy to fix. The first thing you'll want to do is check the strainer cover — the perforated cover over the drain hole. Sometimes the drain cover just has hair in it that needs to be cleaned out. Unclog shower drain hair first and try again. If your drain is still draining slowly, try these steps to clear you clogged shower drain.

Skill Level: Beginner
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  1. Step 1 Check For Clogs

    Check For Clogs

    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 — to clear shower drain of hair or to snag any obstructions.

  2. Step 2 User a Plunger

    User a Plunger

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

  3. Step 3 Clear Stubborn Clogs

    Clear Stubborn Clogs

    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.

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