Need To Unclog a Shower Drain in New Jersey? Here is What You Need to Know

Need To Unclog a Shower Drain in New Jersey? Here is What You Need to Know

Did you know a clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing problems New Jersey residents have to deal with? Although minor clogs can be snuffed out with basic household equipment, frequent and tedious clogs indicate a deeper and underlying problem with your home's plumbing system. If anything, a major clog may be deeply embedded in your drain lines. Responsible homeowners know better than to unclog shower drains consistently rather than leave them until the last minute once they encounter a water backup.

Suppose a nasty clog in your bathroom has turned your daily grooming routine upside down, and you find yourself standing ankle-deep in murky, clouded water every time you wash off in the shower. In that case, you need help from a professional plumber. It may be time to ask a qualified, licensed, fully insured New Jersey plumber from Sewer Surgeons to snuff out the troublesome blockage in your clogged shower drain. Our expert and experienced team members possess the skills, tactics, and know-how for any difficult shower drain that's clogged, no matter the curveball.

At Sewer Surgeons, we boast an impressive track record of 31 years, offering top-notch workmanship in New Jersey and nearby areas. Our primary area of expertise is trenchless sewer line repair, alongside other services such as camera sewer inspection and sewer pipe jetting or hydro jetting. We advocate for our clients by genuinely listening to their pain points to conjure up authentic and long-lasting solutions for a clogged shower drain.

But first, before you schedule your consultation or service appointment, we delve into why a bathroom clog has surfaced in the first place so you can be more aware of how to prevent it from cropping up again. Give us a call at 973-579-3322 to speak with a knowledgeable customer care agent!

What Are the Telltale Signs You Need to Unclog Your Shower Drain in New Jersey?

A clog doesn't arise out of nowhere but is the result of your daily habits. So you must be mindful of what you toss into your drain holes! For example, there are items you must ideally never flush down your shower drain lines.

Unfortunately, most of us get complacent and haphazardly toss in a grab bag of trash, including but not limited to the following:

  • Soap scum from shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, etc.
  • Dead skin flakes
  • Long hair strands
  • Flushable wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Too much toilet paper
  • Food leftovers, including fats, oil, and grease (FOG)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Single-use disposables, e.g., cotton balls/rounds, floss, band-and contact lens/solution
  • Chemical drain cleaners
  • Medications
  • And so much more!

Over time, all of this accumulated debris coagulates into a solid and tough blockage that readily lingers inside your drainage pipes and is situated within a specific location. Over time, this nasty blockage will prevent the flow of water from being properly expelled to your main lateral and eventually onwards to the municipal sewage disposal system. Despite your handy-dandy drain catchers being backup support for catching incoming debris, they are not foolproof and only reduce the amount of sludge rather than annihilate it. If anything, New Jersey homeowners who participate in the proper upkeep of their drainage lines through routine maintenance through a professional annual inspection and cleaning of their drain lines will rarely, if ever, encounter a rigid clog. Regrettably, some irresponsible homeowners forgo any maintenance at all and haphazardly assume their drain lines are self-cleansing as if the next hot shower will magically whisk away any leftover residue in the clogged pipes each time they turn on the faucet. Not only are you buying into false presumptions and denying yourself the benefit of being hygienic and sanitary, but you are also permanently damaging your drainage pipes. Your shower is your self-care safe space for your daily grooming routines, and the last thing you want is to be knee-deep in dirty, opaque and used wastewater. Worst yet, an undealt clog can result in a sewage backup! Remaining extra vigilant about what you discard in your bathtub and shower area is essential to readily avert a blockage requiring you to unclog a shower drain in New Jersey. We understand that you lead a busy lifestyle and sometimes overlook a clogged shower drain, let alone be mindful of objects you dispose of through the drain hole. But it must be dealt with eventually.

If you've noticed any of these red flags, the main culprit is that the drainage lines are chock-full of debris. For example:

  • Gurgling or bubbling sounds
  • Foul odors (e.g., sulfur dioxide that smells like rotten eggs)
  • Sluggish or slow drains
  • Standing water
  • Frequent clogs resulting in backups
  • Pools of water around plumbing fixtures
  • Warped floors
  • Receding caulk on nearby plumbing fixtures, including sink, bathtub, and toilet
  • Debris in your water supply
  • Pest infestation
  • Sewage backup

Suppose you suspect a clog in your shower drain. Some red flags are more blatant than others. When left unresolved, a clog will also trigger further plumbing problems as it can arise in your shower drain line, disappear into another bathroom plumbing fixture, and emerge again in the shower area. For example, if you've noticed a hot rush of water from your shower head if someone flushed the toilet, it may be due to a clogged drain. A clogged shower drain can instantaneously affect multiple plumbing fixtures in the same area, especially if the solid blockage is situated in the main sewer lateral, as these fixtures share a drainage line.

Usually, a clogged shower drain in New Jersey comprises accumulated debris from dirt, soap scum, skin flakes, and hair strands that combine with soap residue to forge a clog that sticks to your pipe walls. Over time, this muck blocks out the smooth and effortless water flow. It will be obvious you have encountered a clog if the water in your bathtub or standing shower tends to stall and remain sluggish, backing up water into your plumbing fixture.

It's best not to be complacent about a clogged shower drain, as it will only result in complicated problems later on. Apart from disrupting your daily routine, you may also be exposed to the worst-case scenario of a sewage backup in which raw and contaminated wastewater is hurled back into the basement. Atop this, the concentrated pressure from a clog can result in further plumbing issues, such as constant leakages and burst pipes, resulting in costly and permanent water and moisture damage. As your pipework becomes disrupted by a shower drain that's clogged, you also sacrifice the structural integrity of your humble abode.

Particularly, most clogs alike can be removed from ones more shallow in nature where you can utilize DIY hacks through a plunger, wet/dry vacuum, auger, or homemade remedies involving baking soda and vinegar. Deeper clogs require more legwork with professional-grade plumber equipment, everything from video camera inspection to sewer pipe jetting.

Ask Your New Jersey Plumber: What Are The Reasons For A Drain Clog?

Sticky Situation: Soap Scum

A build-up of soap scum in bathtubs, showers, stalls, drains, and pipes is the result of wet bar soap residue mingling with the minerals in your tap water, forming a diluted bath soap or film that sticks to surfaces. The best way to effectively reduce the likelihood of soap scum is to have a water softener installed as hard water, which contains sodium and magnesium minerals, contributes to calcified and limescale deposits. Thankfully soap scum is only temporary and can be readily removed with some elbow grease, including some useful concoctions. One home remedy, for example, is to combine baking soda and vinegar and pour it down the drain with boiling water to flush out the soap scum. This potion will eat through the soap scum rapid-fire and deodorize the drain, leaving it hygienic and sanitary.

Spiraling Twists And Turns: Hair Strands

Did you know that humans shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day? From washing, combing, hair drying, and styling our head of hair, it's no wonder we shed so much! It's quite common for hair to twist and wrap itself within the innards of your drainage pipes and prevent water from flowing freely. Similar to soap scum, we recommend using the same concoction to remove any hair debris. Sometimes, however, the hair has woven itself to be tightly wound and formed a hairball. And so, you may use a plumber's equipment, such as a drain snake or auger, to fully clench the debris for removal.

Shed Anew: Skin Flakes

Suppose your shower area happens to be your one-stop shop for all your daily grooming needs. In that case, your drains are bound to take a battering from the constant skin flakes, soap residue from shampoo, conditioner and body wash, hair, toothpaste grit, etc., as the drains need to devour and discard this residue to the main lateral. These dead skin cells may not be visible to the naked eye, but they exist and readily slough off of our skin each time we bathe or shower. As a result, these skin flakes cling and linger to your drainage pipes blocking the flow of water. If you tend to exfoliate your skin with a loofah within the shower, more often than not, you will need to frequently unclog the shower drain.

Sopping Wet Wads: Toilet Paper/Paper Products

Only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet, but you'd be surprised how some people also toss in flushable wipes, towel paper, sanitary napkins, and Kleenex tissues galore, thinking all of these items are the same. But please note this is a false assumption as these paper products are not designed to break down upon being flushed down your drainage lines. Once they infiltrate your pipes, they will form sticky wet wads which absorb any incoming debris, further stifling the flow of water. If your shower drain is clogged, remember that your drainage pipes are not built to withstand towel paper, let alone very thick 2- or 3-ply toilet paper, which is excessively tossed in.

So Unsustainable: Single-Use Disposables

Given the colorful amount of products used for our daily grooming needs, some are made to be only used once, such as cotton rounds, Q-tips, dental floss, and feminine hygiene products, including pads and tampons. By fault, all this discard could combine with other debris and accumulate into a rigid clog. We advise you to boycott tossing any of the disposable products into your shower drains as being solid. These will not crumple with any useful home remedies. Instead, ask a professional plumber to fix your clogged shower drain. We recommend living a more sustainable lifestyle and going eco-friendly by swapping out your single-use disposables for reusables, as you are less likely to mistakenly toss these away haphazardly.

How Sewer Surgeons Tackle Shower Drain Clogs in New Jersey

Here are some of the tactics our professional plumbers in New Jersey utilize to blast away a rigid clog:

Shallow Clog:

  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Manual Removal
  • Deep Lagoon: Plunger
  • Slurp Away: Wet And Dry Vacuum
  • Twister: Wire Hanger
  • Snakes And Ladders: Drain Snake Or Auger
  • Nuts And Bolts: Remove The P-Trap
  • Concoct A Potion: Baking Soda And Vinegar

Deep Clog:

  • Inspector Gadget: Drain Camera Inspection
  • Blast Off: Hydro Scrub Jetting (Including Tree Roots Intrusion)
  • All Natural: Biodegradable Drain Care Solutions
  • Trenchless Sewer Line Repair: Pipe Relining And Pipe Bursting

Are You Agitated By The Clog in Your Shower Area? Sewer Surgeons Will Blast It Away!

A nasty clog is irritating, but there's no point in tiptoeing around it either, as it will not go away on its own. In fact, the polar opposite will happen, and it will only get worse as the solid blockage ruptures your drainage pipes and floods out your house with raw and contaminated sewage water. If you have done your best to be mindful of what you discard in your drain holes and still find you need to unclog a shower drain, you must rely on a trustworthy plumber. Be sure to reach out to our courteous customer service team, who can best advise you on the next steps by reaching out to us at 973-579-3322. We are on standby and ready to be of service to you!

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