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What To Do If Your Shower Drain Keeps Clogging

By 23 April 2021Winnipeg plumbers

pulling hair from a clogged drainTaking a shower can be the most relaxing part of your day. But when the shower water starts pooling at your ankles, you know you’re going to have to unclog the drain.

And when you have to unclog the drain on a weekly basis, taking a shower can seem like a chore instead of a reprieve.

What’s causing your shower drain to get clogged so frequently, and what can you do to prevent it from clogging up again? Let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits – and the solutions to your problem:

Problem #1: A hairy predicament

When your family has as much hair as the cast of the musical, Hair, you’re going to end up with a clogged shower drain. Pulling out that hair by hand can be…unpleasant, to say the least.

To preserve the functionality of your shower drain you can try using a shower drain hair catcher. You should also avoid using heavy shaving creams in the shower.

Problem #2: A deep clog

You might have a clog further down your pipes that’s causing slow drainage. This clog can lead to other clogs further up the pipe – you might be managing to clear the other clogs, but not the main problem.

This is especially common in old homes, with pipes that tend to clog more easily, or in homes where the pipes are full of twists and bends. In these circumstances, you might benefit from getting a drum auger. These devices are like superpowered plumbing snakes that attach to a drill. They go incredibly deep into the pipes, so you’ll be able to get rid of otherwise unreachable clogs.

Problem #3: A systemic issue

When it’s just your shower that’s not draining properly, it’s very likely that it’s because of one of the two problems above. When you have several drains that you have to unclog repeatedly, it’s more likely a problem with your sewer main line or vent stack.

These systemic issues need to be addressed by a plumber. You can end up with nasty things like sewer backup – not to mention all the work you have to put in to repeatedly unclog your drains.

When you have to continually unclog all of your drains, or when a drum auger and hair trap don’t successfully clear your shower drain, it’s time to call us. We’re plumbing contractors in Winnipeg, and we’re a solution-focused company. That means we’ll get down to the root of the problem, solve it, and give you tips to help avoid any future shower drain clogs.

And that’s all you need to know – now go forth, and reclaim your leisurely shower time!

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