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How to Unblock A Shower Drain

Blocked shower drains are a massive nuisance. But, it’s a common problem and if not treated properly it can potentially lead to long-term damage.

Here are a few tips you can use to unblock your shower drain and if the problem persists, we’re here to help. With all methods, be sure to protect yourself, as unblocking a shower drain can be an unpleasant process. 

How to Unblock A Shower Drain
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Boiling Water 

In some cases, pouring boiling water down the drain can help dissolve debris, leading to a break-up of the blockage. This might need to be repeated a couple of times before it works, but if your blockage isn’t too serious then this should do the trick. 


The good old-fashioned way! The suction created by the plunger can help to dislodge the blockage but be sure to remove any drain coverings beforehand. Ensure a tight seal around the drain and plunge vigorously for several minutes. It can be tiring working but is effective at dislodging large obstructions. 

 Baking Soda And Vinegar 

Mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar, then pour the solution down the drain and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Once completed, rinse the drain with hot water and this should unblock shower drains. 

Wire Hanger

It can be as simple as a wire hanger in some cases! Straighten the hanger and create a hook at one end or go to the shop and buy pre-made unblocker rods. Carefully insert it into the drain and use the hook to rummage through any build-up. Go through a range of motions, poking, pulling, twisting, but try to be gentle to avoid causing more damage. 

 Chemical Drain Cleaner 

If all else fails, use a commercial chemical drain cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most products are poured directly into the drain, but please check the bottle before applying. Be sure to exercise caution, wearing protective gloves and glasses. 

Finding Drainage Experts 

In some cases, the DIY methods above won’t be enough to resolve the issue, instead a professional service will be required to unblock a stubborn shower drain. Fortunately, Environ Drainage’s expertise will be able to get the job done! Our experts work throughout London and Fulham on everything from unblocking to repairs so, no matter your drainage problem, we’ll be able to tackle it.

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Contact us today at 020 3875 8207 or by emailing drainage@environpropertyservices.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We’re happy to help with any enquiry.

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An honest drainage company will have no problem showing you proof of licence or insurance policies. You want peace of mind that the company can be trusted to do their job properly and that your home is protected in case anything goes wrong! If this question gets a drainage company’s back up, that’s probably a bad sign!

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    How much does it cost to clear a drain in the UK?

    Drain jetting costs between £70 and £175 on average. Drain jetting is the most effective technique a professional drainage repair service provider in London can use. It thoroughly removes any obstructions, resulting in clear pipes and eliminating immediate drain issues. The process also removes other debris that’s building up along the length of the pipe, preventing further problems in future.

    Can a plumber fix blocked drains?

    While some plumbers will attempt to tackle a blocked drain, their expertise mainly lies with water coming into your home rather than going out of it. So a plumber can fix dripping taps, install a new sink or repair leaky pipes internally. But a drainage services company is better to resolve issues with drains and wastewater leaving your property.

    When should you call a plumber for a clogged drain?

    If your sink is blocked or your toilet is overflowing, you can call a plumber, but if it’s your drains that are clogged, emitting a bad smell or can’t be unclogged with a plunger, it’s time to call a local drainage service. They have the equipment and experience to resolve larger problems.

    What does a drainage company do?

    Drainage companies offer a variety of services, from the installation of drainage systems to homes and businesses to resolving problems with existing systems. Good drainage companies will use CCTV inspection to evaluate the state of existing pipes and can remove blockages, suggesting replacement or repairs to pipework when necessary.

    What are the types of drainage?

    A drainage system is a series of channels that carry excess water away from humans, animals, or plants. There are two main types in UK homes:

    • Surface drainage systems: including downspouts, gullies in your garden, and linear drains – carrying away excess rainwater.
    • Grey water systems: including your kitchen and bathroom wastewater from sinks, toilets, baths and showers.

    What is the importance of drainage?

    Drainage removes excess water away from the property. Rainwater is drained away to prevent standing water which can cause soil erosion and damage the fabric of your home. Grey water from kitchens and bathrooms is conducted into the main sewage system for cleaning and purifying. Without drainage, homes would flood or become contaminated with sewage.

    Tips on How to Select A Drainage Contractor

    A drainage issue isn’t something you can necessarily handle yourself. To avoid future problems, a contractor must address the underlying condition. This isn’t always easy, but the right drain experts will work with you to fix any issues as effectively and efficiently as possible. When choosing a drainage firm in London, here’s what to look for:

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    • A good contractor will have good references. You want a company with expertise that knows what it’s doing. Positive references are a good indication that your contractor will resolve the problem in the most suitable way, is courteous and easy to deal with, and follows through on their promises.
    • Your contractor should offer a significant guarantee. This is a sign that they’re confident in the quality of their work, so watch out for any contractor who won’t.
    • For drainage contractors, price isn’t always the best indicator of quality. Rely more on references, guarantees, and their expertise in the field. The cheapest quote could lead to an ineffective solution.
    • As a customer, you should be completely at ease with your contractor. Your contractor should explain the problem with your drains clearly and suggest practical solutions. If you’re uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to change firms altogether.
    • A scale drawing should be available. A good sewerage company in London must have general knowledge of construction and the relevant building regulations. The contractor should give you a clear, scale drawing of the project and sit down with you and explain everything in detail. It’s a good opportunity to air any worries you may have.

    Common Causes of Clogged Drains and How to Deal with Them

    While there are some home remedies you can try to resolve problems with blockages, you will often end up searching Google for a ‘drainage company near me’ for professional help. Listed below are a few of the most common causes of clogged drains and the prescribed fixes for each of them:

    • Hair: Plunging the drain is sometimes successful. You may be tempted to try a commercially available drain cleaner, but this can damage pipes if used frequently. Try and use a baking soda and vinegar solution on a regular basis to keep pipes clear, but if obstructions build-up, you may need a drainage contractor.
    • Soap: The ideal method to remove soap accumulated in pipes is pressure cleaning by experts.
    • Dirt: Using drain rods may work, but if you’re inexperienced, you could damage your pipework. Call in the professionals.
    • Oil, Grease, and Fat: Try mixing some detergent with hot water in the sink bowl, and flush it away with hot water. This usually dissolves any hardened fat. Plunge the sink, but if the problem doesn’t resolve, contact an expert.
    • Food Waste: Avoid flushing food waste down your drain. Clear dishes into the bin before washing them. Food waste may still accumulate over time, so if water runs sluggishly away when you remove the sink plug, you may need expert help to flush through your system with high-powered water.
    Overall, drainage companies in London are best placed to deal with any drain problems on your property. Our expert team here at Environ Drainage Services London provides a range of high-quality services to keep blockages at bay. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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