clogged shower drainThe shower is truly a place of refuge. Most people see taking a shower as a moment to clean themselves off but also, it is an opportunity to relax by washing the day off or a great way to set the day up for success if you shower in the morning. What this means is that your shower is a regular part of your day or routine not only for hygienic purposes but also because it psychologically has a positive affect.

Since your shower, as with most, is a fundamental part of your routine, it is important that it function properly. There are many things that, unfortunately, can go wrong with a shower. As a plumber, I would say that the biggest plumbing issue (or one of) is that the shower gets clogged. This usually happens for a number of different reasons. The most common reason is hair. In the following article by Do It Yourself, they discuss some of the most common causes for a clogged shower drain:

Hair and Skin Dead Skin Cells

A hair catcher in your drain can help, but almost all shower drains will experience a clog because of hair and dead skin cells at one point or another.

Soap Scum

Soap scum is another common cause of clogs in shower drains. Over time soap scum deposits on the walls of pipes can trap other hairs, skin cells and other contaminants that will cause the drain to be blocked.

Hard Water

Hard water deposits all sorts of minerals and micro solids on the walls of your shower drain pipe. If not cleaned away, these deposits will eventually clog your drain.


Trash or small items dropped down a shower drain is a very common cause of shower clogs.

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In many households, hair is a culprit especially if there are many people using the same shower. If you are a DIY-er than it is a great idea to know how to remove clogs from your bathtub drain. If you are not a DIY-er, then be sure to call a plumber. In the following video by This Old House, they explain what you need to do in order to unclog your shower drain:


You can use this video to make your life a little easier and so you can recuperate your place of solace. For clogs that seem tough and can’t be removed with the help of a snake, be sure to contact a professional plumber. Sometimes there are bigger issues at hand that should only be dealt with by a pro.