Introduction

In this guide, I will explain how to remove buildup in the shower drain.

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  • Begin by putting on a pair of disposable gloves to protect your hands from what is inside your drain and from the chemicals in drain opener.

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Image 1/3: Follow [http://plumbing.about.com/od/shower_and_tub/tp/Bathtub-Drain-Stopper-Types.htm|this link|new_window=true] to determine how to remove the specific kind of drain stopper you have. Image 2/3: Follow [http://plumbing.about.com/od/shower_and_tub/tp/Bathtub-Drain-Stopper-Types.htm|this link|new_window=true] to determine how to remove the specific kind of drain stopper you have. Image 3/3: Follow [http://plumbing.about.com/od/shower_and_tub/tp/Bathtub-Drain-Stopper-Types.htm|this link|new_window=true] to determine how to remove the specific kind of drain stopper you have.
  • Remove the stopper from your shower drain, if possible.

  • Follow this link to determine how to remove the specific kind of drain stopper you have.

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Image 1/2: Dispose of anything you were able to remove from your drain. Image 2/2: If you cannot remove your drain stopper, skip ahead until step 7.
  • Once the drain stopper is out of the way, use your fingers, tweezers, or almost any long thin object to pull out hair and larger items clogging the drain.

  • Dispose of anything you were able to remove from your drain.

  • If you cannot remove your drain stopper, skip ahead until step 7.

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Image 1/2: Cover the drain with a plunger and run the water in your bathtub or shower until it covers at least half of the plunger. Image 2/2: Cover the drain with a plunger and run the water in your bathtub or shower until it covers at least half of the plunger.
  • If you are unable to lift out the hair and larger items in your drain, consider using a plunger.

  • Cover the drain with a plunger and run the water in your bathtub or shower until it covers at least half of the plunger.

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  • Without breaking the seal of the plunger on the drain, push the plunger sharply down and up a few times.

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Image 1/3: This will hopefully dislodge what is clogging the drain. Any residual items may be removed as in step 3. Image 2/3: This will hopefully dislodge what is clogging the drain. Any residual items may be removed as in step 3. Image 3/3: This will hopefully dislodge what is clogging the drain. Any residual items may be removed as in step 3.
  • Push down on the plunger again, but pull up sharply to break the seal.

  • This will hopefully dislodge what is clogging the drain. Any residual items may be removed as in step 3.

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Image 1/1: If you are unable to unclog your drain by hand, consider using liquid drain opener.
  • The chemicals in drain opener are very dangerous. Wear gloves to avoid the liquid touching your skin.

  • If you are unable to unclog your drain by hand, consider using liquid drain opener.

  • The drain opener you purchased should have instructions on the back which will tell you how much of the drain cleaner to use.

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Image 1/2: If you were unable to remove the drain stopper, lift the stopper up as much as possible and follow the steps above. Image 2/2: If you were unable to remove the drain stopper, lift the stopper up as much as possible and follow the steps above.
  • Slowly pour the liquid drain opener down the drain, but avoid pouring the liquid on your shower floor and drain stopper.

  • If you were unable to remove the drain stopper, lift the stopper up as much as possible and follow the steps above.

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Image 1/1: Different drain openers have different wait times, ranging from 10 minutes to 10 hours.
  • Wait at least the time stated on your bottle of drain opener.

  • Different drain openers have different wait times, ranging from 10 minutes to 10 hours.

  • Regardless of the instructions, the longer you let the drain opener sit in your drain, the more effective it will be.

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  • After an appropriate amount of time, run hot water down the drain to flush out any remaining blockage.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your drain stopper, follow the steps you took in step one in reverse order.

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