How Do I Stop My Shower Drain From Clogging?

Are your drains constantly backing up? Do you find yourself standing in inches of water while showering? Clogged shower drains can be a hassle and an annoying task to deal with. Perform these tips on a regular basis to prevent backups from happening in your home.

Use a Drain Cover

The number one culprit of clogged bathtub and shower drains is hair. It’s prone to becoming entangled around the chain that’s attached to the drain stopper. This is easily avoidable with a hair trap or drain cover, and is a practical and affordable solution. Look for one with fine mesh screening that will prevent more hair and debris from clogging up your drains.


This is a simple but smart way to remove hair from a drain. It is a thin, flexible piece of plastic with sharp barbs every half inch. Just place it down the drain, pull it up, and presto, hair removed!

3 Step Process

1. Baking Soda

Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain. (This also helps absorb foul odors).

2. Vinegar

Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes. (Vinegar contains acetic acid, which works extremely well at removing organic buildup in pipes).

3. Hot Water

After 30 minutes, pour extremely hot water down the drain (at least 4 cups).

Avoid Drain Clogging Activities

  • Before showering, try brushing your hair thoroughly in order to remove strays before they come out in the shower.
  • If you normally wash pets in the tub or shower, make sure to brush them before and use a drain cover to stop fur from going down the drain.
  • Never pour chemicals or cleaners down the drain. Instead pour them out outside.

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