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Unclogging a Shower Drain

January 5, 2010

How can I fix a slow shower drain?

By steve from Pa

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful
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I used the method that has been posted several times on Thriftyfun for unstopping a toilet. Pour Dawn dish detergent down the drain and let it sit a few minutes. Then pour boiling water down drain. Afterwards, I used the plunger and it unstopped the drain immediately. Amazing.

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June 10, 20100 found this helpful
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Before you try using a drain cleaner try using a baby bottle brush. Get one that has a wire type handle so it can be bent. When you get it in twirl it around and in and out to get hair and debris dislodged. Repeat as need to clean the hair off the baby bottle brush. I then used a plunger while the water was running. Worked for me! Don't use the baby bottle brush again for your baby's bottles.

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful
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The Dawn/plunger route worked great! Thanks for the tip!

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April 20, 2017

I used a Magic Eraser on the bathroom shower when it disintegrated into pieces and fell down the drain causing a clogged drain. How can I dissolve the pieces?


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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

You can try a snake. If you can't get to it, you may need a plumber.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

How far down the drain did it go? Try using a shop vac (the kind that you can use with water). We had a little one put items in our drain and that was how I got it out.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

If regular drain solution treatment doesn't work, you might need a plumber.

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful

i am not sure you can dissolve a Magic Eraser so you will either have to bring it up or dislodge it so the pieces are not clumped and may flow through your system.
If you have not cleaned your drain of hair in a long time (especially if anyone has long hair) then this might also be part of your problem. My daughter has long hair and she uses something called drain zip which is very cheap and really works (for removing hair). Here is one for sale at Walmart:
www.walmart.com/.../17043687

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful

I may not have made myself very clear - I really meant that if you try something like this it may bring up the pieces of the magic eraser along with the hair. They do sell these at a lot of stores and they do work even in other cases of drain problems.

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

What I would dry is a plastic drain snake like you can get on amazon, home improvement stores and maybe even a grocery store.

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493068423... (Affiliate Link)

They have barbs on them which might help you bring some of that sponge back out and reduce the amount that has to be flushed into your sewer or septic.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you..I like that idea...will try it out and let you know. Not sure how far down the drain is.

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August 17, 2017

A natural solution for clearing a drain is using vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water. While effective on moderate drain clogs, you must make sure all of the baking soda is flushed from your drain or it can create an even worse clog when it dries and becomes hard.

A jar of baking soda and a bottle of vinegar.

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