The shower drain is one of those things we often overlook until it starts causing problems. A slow-draining shower can lead to standing water, which is not only annoying but can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Proper maintenance of your shower drain can prevent clogs and ensure a smooth flow of water. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you keep your shower drain in top condition.

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1. Regular Cleaning

Materials Needed:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Soft cloth or sponge
  • Mild detergent or dish soap


  1. Put on your rubber gloves.
  2. Remove the drain cover. It usually either pops off or can be unscrewed.
  3. Using the cloth or sponge, wipe away any visible debris or hair from the drain cover and the area immediately inside the drain.
  4. Mix a few drops of the detergent with water to create a soapy solution.
  5. Dip the cloth or sponge in the solution and gently scrub the drain cover.
  6. Rinse the drain cover with clean water and put it back in place.


2. Natural Drain Cleaning Solution

Materials Needed:

  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • White vinegar (1 cup)
  • Hot water


  1. Pour the baking soda directly into the drain.
  2. Slowly pour the white vinegar into the drain. You’ll notice a fizzing reaction – this is the mixture breaking down grime and buildup.
  3. Let the mixture sit in the drain for about 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with hot water to wash away the mixture and any loosened debris.


3. Hair Catcher

Materials Needed:

  • Hair catcher (available at home improvement stores)


  1. Place the hair catcher over the drain. It acts as a barrier, catching hair and debris before they go down the drain.
  2. Clean the hair catcher regularly to ensure it doesn’t become a blockage itself.


4. Check for Blockages

Materials Needed:

  • Flashlight


  1. Shine the flashlight down the drain.
  2. Look for any visible blockages or obstructions. If you see a blockage that’s within reach, you can try to gently remove it. If it’s further down, you might need a plumber’s help.


5. Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

While they might seem like a quick fix, chemical drain cleaners can be harsh on your pipes and the environment. Instead, opt for natural solutions or seek professional assistance if you suspect a severe blockage.



Maintaining your shower drain is a simple yet crucial task. Regular cleaning and being proactive about preventing blockages can save you from bigger plumbing issues down the road. And remember, if you ever encounter a problem that seems too big to handle, CID Plumbing is always here to help!

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