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Shower drain (strainer area) is clogged, allowing
no or very little water to go down.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Drain auger (plumber's snake)
Drill snake (drain snake attachment that is
attached to a power drill)
Locking pliers / Channellock®
pliers by Channellock, Inc.
Shower cleaner, like Tilex®
by The Clorox Company, or other detergents like Ajax®
by Phoenix Brands, LLC.
Over the course of the use of your shower, you
may find that your shower becomes clogged, causing water to even
accumulate above the shower strainer so that you seem to be standing
in a water puddle while showering. With some effort, this
annoying clog can be unclogged.
Caution: When dealing with drainage maintenance, such as
snaking a drain, make sure you take precautions, including wearing
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Unclog your shower drain in a few steps,
and here's how:
First, remove the
shower strainer that screens the drain in the shower: Use
locking pliers or Channellock pliers in the reverse position by
inserting the handle ends of the pliers into the strainer of the
shower and then turn these pliers counterclockwise in an effort
to unscrew--remove the strainer from the shower; if the strainer
proves to be more difficult to remove, for added turning power,
place a screwdriver in between the handles of the inserted
pliers and then press against this screwdriver (along with the
pliers' handles) in attempting to move counterclockwise.
If you are still unable to dislodge and remove the shower
strainer, purchase and use a strainer wrench to do the job;
follow the strainer wrench manufacturer's instructions on how to
use this wrench properly to easily remove the strainer of your
With the strainer removed, use a drain auger or drill snake
(attached to a power drill) to remove the clog from the shower
drain; follow the drain auger or drill snake manufacturer's
instructions in snaking the drain uncovered by the removal of
the strainer until the clog is reached and
removed; be careful to have a trash bag or bucket on hand to
contain the mess as you retrieve and recoil your auger
snake/plumber's snake and discard the clogging substance.
Then, in preparation to put the shower strainer back into the
shower, in its place, apply some plumber's putty around the
inner circular edge of the strainer that will meet the shower
floor when the strainer is screwed back into place.
After applying the plumber's putty, go ahead and screw the
shower strainer back into place. Wipe off any excess putty
that secretes from the strainer as it is tightened in position
in the shower, and put this excess putty back into the putty
To ensure that you maintain a clean, safe shower, after snaking
the shower drain, clean the shower, using a shower cleaner and
cloths/rags; read the shower cleaner manufacturer's
That's what it takes to unclog a shower drain.
Handyman Zone Team
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