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How To Unblock a Bath or Shower

There is nothing more frustrating than looking forward to a nice hot bath or shower and finding it's not working properly. Whether your bath or shower is completely blocked or is simply taking a long time to drain, something needs to be done to ensure you can get back to your normal routine.

The Problem

If your bath or shower overflows, the damage could be costly and troublesome to clear up. The good news is that you don't necessarily need to call in the professionals to help. If the blockage isn't too severe, it's something which you may be able to deal with on your own.

How to unblock a bath or shower

Health & Safety Messages

This article has been produced for information only. It offers you basic advice to do the job yourself but in order to prevent harm to yourself or damage to equipment or property, please ensure you use the correct tools and suitable personal protective equipment. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate in contacting one of our professional engineers.

Get the Right Equipment

Before you begin, make sure you've got a pair of rubber gloves close by. When it comes to blockages in the bathroom you never know what the cause could be, but there is a good chance you don't want to be getting too much of it on your hands!

Clear the Blockage

The first thing to try is to use a plunger on the plughole to try and shift what may be stuck in the pipe.  Avoid using any chemicals such as caustic soda to clear a blocked drain as these can be harmful if they come into contact with skin. Residue from heavy chemicals can remain present on the exposed area of a drain, presenting a hazard for several hours after use. 

Tackle the Trap

If debris has made its way into the pipe it may be lodged in the trap. In order to remove this the cover on the trap will have to be removed along with the internals of the fitting. Be careful and make sure you wear appropriate gloves and safety glasses when doing this work as you cannot be sure if someone else has tried a chemical based drain unblocking product before you have tackled the problem. The internals of the trap will have to be put back correctly to prevent blockages or escape of odours back from the drain afterwards.

Call Dyno-Rod

Sometimes a blocked shower or sink can be difficult to deal with. If you're not confident in dealing with pipes and drainage systems then give us a call at Dyno-Rod and we'll send one of our qualified Service Engineers to help you solve the problem.

What Our Clients Say

“ Your engineer called yesterday to clear blockage from the waste water drain, He was very efficient and arrived promptly, and cleared the blockage. Many thanks to Pat, based in Galway ”

Ann Hough - Galway

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