If the drain in your shower is slow to empty and water rises around your feet when you shower, it's time to clean out the drain before it clogs completely. The first thing to try is plunging. If several forceful thrusts with a plunger don't help, you can try these other methods for unclogging the drain.

Try Hot Water And Vinegar

There are a few things you can pour down the drain that might help and that won't harm you. It's best to avoid chemical drain cleaners because of the dangers they pose to yourself, the drains, and the plumber if you need to call for professional help. One combination is baking soda and vinegar. Dump some baking soda into the drain and then pour in vinegar. The fizzing action might be enough to clean off some of the soap scum so the clog will pass through the drain. Hot water is also worth a try since it can melt some of the soap scum to loosen the clog.

Attempt To Pull Out The Clog

The next step is to pull out the clog if you can. This might require unscrewing a plate over the drain so you can access it. Once the drain is open, use your fingers or a bent wire to grab the hair clog and pull it out. This often works if the clog is near the top of the drain and you can grab it easily. If you haven't cleaned out the drain in a long time, you might be surprised at the huge clog of hair that's inside.

Snake Out The Drain

If the hair clog is deeper in the drain, you won't be able to reach it and pull it out. This will probably require the use of a drain snake. If you have a small snake at home for such emergencies, give it a try. The snake may chop up the clog enough so that water will flow through freely and solve your problem. If you don't have a snake, you can rent one, but you should compare the cost and inconvenience of renting a big drain snake with the cost of calling a plumber, especially if you've never used a snake before.

Bring In A Plumber

Another reason to call in a plumber for help with a shower clog you can't pull out yourself is to determine the location of the clog. If it's deep in the drain, it might be better to work through the cleanout opening outdoors rather than through your shower drain. A service call for drain cleaning services is usually affordable and it puts an immediate end to your problem so you can shower without worry of a slow or clogged drain.