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Shower Drain Cleaning

Shower Drains in Albuquerque

A shower drain is vital to taking a shower in peace—something you probably love doing every single day. But if your shower drain is acting up, you probably have a clogged shower drain. It also doesn’t matter what type of shower drain you have in your shower, as most of them can be clogged relatively easily just from daily use. When it becomes clogged, the vacuum the shower drain creates will no longer work, meaning the water will no longer drain properly. This is what makes a puddle beneath your feet.

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Common Issues With Shower Drains

There are many issues with shower drains, from a clogged shower drain to shower drain smells. Whatever the problem, it’s vital to get the shower fixed.

  • Clogged pipes
  • Vent blockages
  • Foul Odors

DIY vs Professional

There are two different ways you can fix a clogged shower drain. You can either choose to do it yourself or get professional help. If you choose to call a professional, you can rest assured that they know what they are doing and can get to the root of the issue. The problem will not only be fixed during the service but also in the long term. The same goes for routine maintenance through a professional company—they know what to clean and fix periodically.

However, choosing a DIY approach may save you money. You may know how to do the basics, so it could be helpful to do it yourself every once in a while. But at the end of the day, it is always best to rely on someone with the right expertise.

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Rooting and Snaking Shower Drains

You may have seen a regular snake unclog a shower drain before. However, professionals have access to rooting devices and snakes that are much more powerful than what you may find at a hardware store for a DIY task.

Motorized rooters and plumber’s snakes can clear clogged shower drains by threading a flexible metal cable down the drain. Because of the strength and the motor, any clogged drain should be able to be unclogged with this device—even the toughest of clogged drains! The most important thing to note is that motorized rooters and snakes should only be used by a professional trained in the craft. This ensures no damage is done to the pipes and sewer lines.

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Tips for Maintaining Healthy Plumbing

Hair Clogs

There are a few ways to deal with hair clogs in a shower drain. You can try to use a snake to get it out as a DIY method, or you can also try the baking soda method mixed with vinegar to wash the hair that is in the drain fully out of it. If the hair is at the surface, simply grab it and take it out. If none of these methods are working, you should call a professional so that they can use their more sophisticated tools to unclog the drain.


You definitely don’t want to wait to fix your shower drain if you smell an odor.
You can try several things:

  • Mix one part bleach and one part water to wash down the drain with a bit of white vinegar after you wash the first time
  • Use boiling water
  • Use the baking soda method

You can also try to unclog the drain even if it doesn’t seem clogged. There may be something blocking the pipe that is causing the smell.

Things to avoid washing down the shower drain

There are also a few things you want to avoid washing down the shower drain. These things can cause odors and clogs if you are not careful.

  • Oil and grease of any kind
  • Lots of hair
  • Any type of plastic that may come off a shampoo bottle or anything of the sort
  • Vomit

These things are common sense, but you definitely want to avoid them in your shower drains.

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