Shower draining slow?


My show is draining slow. What could be the cause and how can I fix it or do i need a Plummer? Help!

  21 answers
  • It's likely hair and build up in your drain. Pick up one of those plastic drain cleaners that look like a long stick of plastic with pointy bits that look like rose thorns. After you use that, pour some baking soda in the drain then vinegar, let it sit then run some hot water.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 02, 2020

    Hi Vermese, here's some suggested assistance! Check it out before resorting to a plumber.

    • Vernese Vernese on Dec 02, 2020

      Hi janice and ty for forwarding the video. Did exactly what he did however nothing was there. That's right no hair or anything. Think it's possible it's further down in the pipes? I did go down pretty far. Also used plunger to get water to go down and it did but think it's still slow drawing. Any other suggestions?

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Dec 02, 2020

    Pour one-half cup baking soda into the drain followed by one-half cup white vinegar; the fizzing and bubbling reaction helps to break up small clogs. Block the drain using a small rag so the chemical reaction doesn't all bubble up out.

  • It's probably clogged with hair. Use a plastic drain snaking tool to clean it out, then get a hair strainer for your drain. We use one and never have a problem.

  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 02, 2020

    Hi Vernese. Plugged drains in showers are usually caused by hair and soap scum. But there are always exceptions to the rule. A couple months ago our shower was draining slow. It turned out to be two disposable razor covers. (My son shaves in the shower.) I recommend using a drain snake first. A drain snake is a very long thin piece of plastic with small teeth running down its length. You push it down in the drain as far as it will go. And then pull it back out while turning it. The teeth will grab on to the soap and hair as you turn it. And you can pull it out this way. Continue working with it until you have removed the entire plug. If hair and soap is not the culprit, you can do what my husband did and remove the metal access piece. He used a coat hanger to fish out the razor covers. It was a long and tedious process trying to bend the hanger to reach and remove them. Good luck Vernese. Happy Holidays.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 02, 2020

    Hi! If the hair is further down, you may need chemical intervention. I dislike chemicals, but, keep a small bottle of Draino for emergencies. Follow the directions on the label. They even make one specific for hair clogs. As maintenance, use a hair grabber at least once or twice a month. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 02, 2020

    Try removing the drain cover and using a drain snagging tool to pull any hair out if possible. It looks like a long plastic rod with little barbs along the edges and it grabs hold of hair in the drain. After that, pour about a cup of baking soda into the open drain, then 2 cups of white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then flush with warm water. If that doesn't help it, try using a commercial drain cleaner like Drano.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 02, 2020

    Oh dear, what we discovered was a hair problem in the drain, to remove that we had to use chemicals because it was so far down, sigh, we resorted to Drano and it worked. But, importantly it did not address the cause. Go to the Dollar store and get a multipack of drain strainers to collect the hair at the initial site, it is well worth the $1 investment. you get a multi pack to fit where they fit.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 02, 2020

    Normally, this is due to an accumulation over time of soap, body oils, and hair. You can try this:

    Remove as much as possible with a snake or drain cleaning tool. Pour ½ cup baking soda then ½ cup white vinegar in the drain and cover, letting sit for 20 minutes. Boil water, remove cover, and pour water down the drain. You may have to repeat the process.

    I've also used Zep drain cleaner which is safe for pipes and septic systems.

  • There is probably hair stuck. Get one of those drain snakes and get all the hair out.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 03, 2020

    Hi Vernese: This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, it is long, but not complicated:)

    If stopped up, get a really long zip tie, cut slits going down the side, one on the right, one on the left, all the way along to the bottom and twist it. Then, tie a string on the top really securely, and tie that around your finger. This will keep it from falling down the drain:) Then, stick it into the drain and jiggle it around and lift it out to see if anything stuck to it. If so, do it a few more times to get as much gunk out as you can.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup vinegar

    1 quart of water


    1. Bail out any standing water .
    2. Dump about 1/2 of a box of dry baking soda down the drain.
    3. Get your plunger or stopper ready and at your side, and be prepared to hold it down tightly.
    4. Put a cloth in the overflow hole tightly, it's usually near the top of the sink or by the front of a bath tub.
    5. Following the baking soda, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain.
    6. Immediately after you pour it in, plug the drain with the plunger or stopper, or whatever you have that can seal the opening, covering the drain hole completely so nothing can escape.
    7. HOLD TIGHT!The interaction of the vinegar and baking soda will cause a “mini volcano” that will come up and out of the drain if you don’t keep it down there, to bust out your clog.
    8. After the initial “volcano” subsides, leave the baking soda and vinegar mixture in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.
    9. After 30 minutes, remove the stopper or plunger and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.
    10. This should take care of the clog. You may have to do it twice, but usually not.

    Good luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 03, 2020

    Time to clean the hair out first, Dollar Tree has a little plastic drain snake with barbs all down it to trap the hair..... get some paper towels to clean it off, and a plastic bag to throw the paper towels into..... gunk!

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 04, 2020

    Unscrew the bottom drain and use a drain and use a drain cleaner like this one It pulls out all the hair and yuck from the drain. Don't look at it too closely, what you pull out is gross!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 04, 2020

    Hello the barbed tools work very well.

    These fishing type barbed tools ( mine is from dollar tree) to remove obstruction.

    Particularly shower and bathroom drains that are impacted by hair or shaving debris. Hope you solve your drain troubles.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Dec 06, 2020

    Check the drain to see if its clogged with hair

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 08, 2020


    It could be because it is blocked up with hair! Inspect the drain and use a bent HAIR PIN TO TRY TO CLEAN IT OUT!

  • Vernese Vernese on Dec 26, 2020

    Ok will try this.

    Many thanks

  • Kris Kris on Jan 01, 2021

    hair. Use a sink snake or a hairstick.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 29, 2021

    There is probably hair in the drain you can use a special chemical for it or use a barbed stick that removes it