How to unclog a shower drain

How to uncover a drain in a shower. If you find yourself standing in the water that gets deeper and deeper every time you take a shower, you are likely to have an obstruction in process in your drainage. Every time you shower slowly accumulate soap and hair residue at the mouth of the drain, causing a blockage after several weeks. You should remove hair and soap scraps to make your drain work properly.


  1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of white vinegar down the drain. Cover with a glass dish to bake and let stand for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Rinse the drain with hot water to see if the obstruction has cleared before trying anything else.
  2. Remove the drain cap by loosening the screw in the center or by placing a flat tip of a screwdriver under the edge of the drain cover and levering it.
  3. Aim with a flashlight toward the drain to look for the obstruction. Insert a stretched metal hanger into the drain to clear the jam if it is visible and reach it. Use a plunger if you cannot see the obstruction.
  4. Place a thin layer of petroleum jelly along the edge of a small pan to create a seal. Keep a damp cloth against the holes in the shower drain. Place the plunger in the drain. Add water to the shower head if the head is not submerged. Pumps up and down about 15 or 20 times.
  5. Look down the drain using your flashlight to see if you’ve brought the obstruction into view. Use the straightened hanger to remove the obstruction from the mouth of the drain. Repeat the process if you still cannot see the obstruction.
  6. Use an unpack if the previous process is not working. Push the unplugged onto the drain. Turn the handle once you feel you have touched the obstruction. Try to run the water to see if the drain has been successfully uncovered.
  7. Purchase a chemical drain cleaner at a home improvement store if you still have the drain plugged. Wear rubber gloves, open your bathroom window or turn on a fan, and follow all instructions when using the product.