Have you noticed the water draining slowing in your bathtub or shower? If the answer is yes, then you need to act immediately. A small problem in a drain can quickly worsen, so take steps to keep the problem under control. Otherwise, you may end up with a clogged shower, a foul odor and even mold.
First, how can you know there is a blockage? As mentioned above, your bathtub or shower is draining noticeably slower than normal. Or, the water in the shower is not draining at all, to the extent that the water rises above your feet. Finally, you smell an objectionable odor in the area close to the shower or bathtub. Once you’ve determined that you have a blockage, what next? Here are a few ideas:
Is there is an obvious reason? Has hair built up and clogged the drain? Or maybe their is a build up of shampoo, conditioner AND hair. If yes, remove the hair or obstructing object and see if water will now drain properly.
Use a Plunger. If you are comfortable giving the plunger a try, then by all means go for it. If you’re new to plunging, you’ll need to fill the shower or bathtub with a small amount of water. Once the water covers the bottom of the plunger, begin making up and down movements with the plunger. After no more than 6 plunges, stop and see if the water is draining away.
Try Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of warmed vinegar. You will hear, and possible see the chemical reaction and this handy duo doing their job. Let the soda and vinegar sit in the drain for 5-10 minutes and then pour a half gallon of hot water down the drain. You can repeat this method several times if necessary.
Call a Professional Plumber. If neither of the above options works, you’ll need to call a professional to address the issue.
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