Why is My Shower Draining Slowly?
The bathroom is typically a tranquil space where you can escape from the stresses of the outside world and relax. Unfortunately, if your bath or shower is suffering from blocked drains, the symptoms will include nasty smells, gurgling sounds from the plug hole and the bath or shower draining slowly.
If this sounds familiar, fret not; it is a common occurrence in many households. This article will highlight the symptoms, reasons and solutions for blocked drains to ensure you know what to look out for and what action to take to deal with the problem.
Why doesn’t the water in my bath or shower drain properly?
There are a host of culprits which can cause the blockages to form, including:
- Build-up of hair
- Soap scum
- Microbead shower gels or face washes
When soap scum is mixed with a build-up of hair, over time it congeals and sticks in the pipes, causing a major blockage in your drainage system. An accumulation of such material in the plug can result in your shower draining slowly, until it finally stops draining all together leaving a collection of water at the bottom of the bath/cubicle.
Can I solve this problem myself?
More often than not, any build up of hair in the plughole can simply be teased out using a piece of wire or tweezers. In more persistent cases, hair or soap scum can be removed using a plunger or drain unblocker product.
What should I do if the problem continues?
If your bath or shower is still not draining properly and you have noticed gurgling sounds and bad smells, this can be an early warning sign of blocked drains. Causes of this may include:
- Collapsed drain
- Tree roots
In such instances, professional help is required as fully trained experts will have the specialist techniques and equipment to clear the blockage efficiently.
Determining the cause of the problem
Typically, when there is a problem hidden in a drain, the best way to determine the exact cause of the problem and choose the most appropriate remedial action is to use a CCTV camera. Here at ClearFirst, our engineers use the latest in specially designed cameras to carry out drain surveys via the manholes on the premises.
Contrary to common belief, the responsibility of fixing or maintaining your drains does not lie with your council or water utility company, it lies with yourself as the homeowner. Therefore, CCTV drain surveys offer a useful way for homeowners/buyers who require a drain survey report to help find the cause of their blocked drains and provide a quotation for any drain repairs based on what is found.
Help from ClearFirst
If you still have problems with your bath or shower draining slowly, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our fully trained team here at ClearFirst today. With a wealth of experience, we offer a comprehensive range of drain repair techniques, including CCTV drain surveys and drain jetting, to help restore your drainage system back to full functionality for an affordable price.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from our services.