Picture the scene: you’ve hopped in the shower, the water is running, and you suddenly realize you’re standing in a puddle. Instead of draining away, the water is rising to ankle height, and it keeps getting higher. This happens when your shower doesn’t drain away correctly, and it can be a cause for concern.
Firstly, it’s dangerous as the excess water makes it easier for you to slip or trip over. Secondly, it can damage your home as the water may leak out of your shower and cause water damage elsewhere. This problem will only get worse if it’s not addressed, and the main reason it happens is because of blockages in your drain.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a three-step process you can follow to fix the situation. Now, each step follows on from the next, but you might not need them all. Some of you may use the first step and see your problems solved, while others will need to progress through all three. It depends on how serious your blockage is, so let’s get started!
Step 1: Manually remove hair from your drain
Loose hair is the main culprit in most drain blockages – particularly if there are lots of women in your house! Unfortunately, this is the most disgusting step, but you have to try it. Manually remove the hair from your plug hole or drain. You can use tweezers to do this, or go rogue and use your fingers. I think you can also find some gadgets that remove hair from a plug hole, but it’s debatable as to whether or not they work. This task can take a couple of minutes, and your issues might be solved.
Step 2: Use a drain unblocking product
After the first step, run your shower and see if the water drains away. If it still lingers and creates a puddle, you should pour a drain unblocking solution down it. You’ll find these in any supermarket – or you can buy them online. Basically, it’s like an intense concentration of bleach that eradicates all the gunk that might clog up your drain. It’s usually best to do this and leave it overnight to give the solution a chance to work.
Step 3: Call in the professionals
Turn on your shower the morning after using the drain unblocked and see if it worked. If it hasn’t, you have to call in a plumber. Ideally, you want a plumbing and sewage expert as the problem can be deep within your pipes. The plumbers will take things apart and use devices to see where the blockage lies. Then, they use special tools or products to clear your pipes and provide swift drainage once more.
After step three, your shower will drain freely and avoid pooling. As mentioned before, you could reach this stage before calling in the professionals. Try each step and test your shower to see if it has worked. Eventually, you’ll find the cause of your problems, and your drain will no longer be blocked. Also, it’s worth going through steps one and two quite regularly to prevent your shower from getting blocked again.