Finding yourself ankle deep in water in your shower is a telltale sign that your shower drain is clogged. This can be a huge inconvenience, especially if you don't have a trusted plumber's contact information at the end of a soap rope. Don't worry. There are a number of things that you can do yourself to unclog your shower drain without having to contact a professional plumber right away.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are common ingredients that can be found in your pantry. If you don't like using harsh chemicals, a solution of equal parts baking soda and vinegar is an effective natural alternative to help get your drain running as normal. Pour the solution down the drain and wait for several minutes. Turn the shower on as usual and the clog should be cleared.


Plungers aren't just useful for unclogging toilets. They can also quickly clear shower drains.  All you have to do is place the plunger over the drain, create suction by making sure all contact areas are sealed, and operate the plunger with a steady up and down motion.

Drain Snake

A drain snake is a long, flexible metal rope that has a piece of spiral metal at the tip. It's a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment that can work wonders on clogged drains. Purchase a drain snake at any hardware store. When using a snake on a shower drain, you should first remove the grate by undoing the screws. Next, you can begin to maneuver the snake down the drain. Since drain snakes are narrow, it should be able to easily fit down the trap. Try to go at least ten feet down the drain before you slowly pull the snake back up.

Boiling Water

Sometimes boiling water is all you need to clear a clogged shower drain. Simply boil a pot of water on the stove and pour it slowly down the shower drain. Take breaks in between so that you can give the hot water a chance to work.

A clogged shower drain doesn't have to throw a wrench in your day. By using these simple methods, you can save a lot of time by unclogging your shower drain on your own. However, if the problem is chronic, you may have something more serious going on down the drain, in which case you should seek the help of a professional plumber like Dave Blair Plumbing.