Monday, January 21, 2013

How to Remove a Clogged Bathroom Shower Drain

Fig.1 Hair and 
Grease Drain Opener
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Cold water
First aid instruction 
Hair and Grease Drain Opener©
Safety chemical gloves
Safety goggles, clear

Willie, who lives in a century old cottage, called me and stated that the shower had overflowed and that several inches of sewage glop had come out of the shower drain.  

This post shows the seven steps to clean out a shower drain. 

Step 1: The shower drain had a ring of sewage around it. Upper right fig.1 shows the plan was to put in half the bottle of Hair and Grease Drain Opener into the shower drain. Read the direction on the bottle if unsure how to use this product.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the drain. This post and all of my posts are concerned with safety, so protect yourself and your family. Purchase chemical gloves, safety glasses, and the Hair and Grease Drain Opener before working on the shower drain. Even if you wear glasses, put the safety glasses over your glasses, it's a precaution that could save your eyesight. It's worth the time to be safe rather than swift. 
Fig.2 Drain
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the acid is being poured out of the bottle directly into the drain.  
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the drain after the shower was flushed with cold water. In this post cold water was used because the client had only a 10-gallon water heater.
Fig.3 Drain opener
Fig.4 Drain unclogged
Step 5: Put the Hair and Grease Drain Opener container back into the plastic bag it came in and store it in a safe place while keeping the container upright. 

*********************************FIRST AID**********************************
Step 6: If you get acid on your skin or if you feel ill: Click on the SAFETY DATA SHEET to read what is needed to get first aid help:   
Step 7: First Aid: In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice and bring the label with you to the Urgent Care Center. 
Fig.5 Acid

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