What To Do When You Have a Clogged Drain

Have a clogged shower drain?

Chas Roberts offers various drain cleaning options, including the most up-to-date technology, so you can choose a method that fits your budget and needs. Below are the many options we offer.

  • Video inspection
  • Sewer machines or drain snakes
  • Hydro jetting
  • Bio-clean
  • Sewer & tree root removal

To learn more about each option, visit our drain cleaning page.

Ways you can unclog your shower drain

By hand

Time to get your hands dirty! Eliminate any water that is present or allow as much water to drain out as you can. Once the drain is unfastened, reach inside with gloves, and remove as much obstruction as possible. If you are unsuccessful, you’ll need to attempt another approach.

Boiling water 

Boiling water can help dissolve build-up, such as soap scum. Pour the water down the drain, then follow immediately with another liter. If the boiling water doesn’t work on the clog, you’ll see the water start to pool around your shower drain.

Drain snake 

When the drain snake is inserted into the drainpipe, it comes into contact with the obstruction or clog and clears it.

The snake can be manually inserted into a drainpipe, then uncoiled by turning the handle. The snake travels deeper into the drain as it straightens until the auger breaks apart the clog as it passes through it.


Make sure the water sitting in your shower or tub has been drained or removed before using your plunger. Next, unscrew the drain, and use a wet towel to cover the overflow hole—this aids in concentrating the plunger’s force on the drain.

Just enough water should be added to the shower to cover the bottom of the plunger. This helps with suction. To clear the obstruction:

  1. Start with 7–12 plunges.
  2. Remove the plunger after 12 plunges to check that the water is draining correctly.
  3. If not, try the process a few more times.

Vinegar mixture 

Chemicals may be harsh on your pipes if you use them often. Instead use a vinegar and baking soda mixture as a safer alternative. Pour a cup of baking soda followed by one cup of vinegar down your drain. After, pour boiling water down the drain to flush out the mixture and clog.

When to call in the professionals 

If you have tried everything and your shower drain still seems clogged and you want it cleared correctly, then it might be time to call in the professionals. Call Chas Roberts to get the job done right. Our plumbers are trained, certified, and available 24/7.

Tips for Preventing Clogs

  • Use a drain cover
  • Avoid thick oils and scrubs
  • Clean your drain regularly before a clog arises
  • Get routine drain maintenance


Chas Roberts is the oldest and largest residential HVAC company in Arizona and has been family-owned and operated for over 75 years. Contact us for reliable, quality service.