Blocked shower Drain? How to solve the problem.
The chances are that a blocked shower drain is the result of a combination of hair and soap build up inside the pipe.
1 Put 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the water waste fitting, and then wash the bicarbonate of soda into the drain with a cup of vinegar. The reaction between these chemicals often clears the blockage.
2 Purchase a plunger tool from your local a hardware store. ( The cost is approximately R50,00 excluding, fuel and parking costs) When using the tool, try to stay focused on extracting the blockage rather than forcing the blockage to compact inside the pipe.
3 Purchase a small rooting tool and rubber gloves from your local a hardware store,( The cost is approximately R150,00 excluding, fuel and parking costs). This might be a a bit more messy than using a plunger, since the tool will be covered with the debris and soap fat deposits in your pipe.
4 Often, the blockage is further down in the pipe, which is out of the reach of the rooting tool, or the rooting tool only clears a small amount of the blockage and your blockage reappears after a few days. In this case, the only alternative is to make use of a high pressure drain cleaning machine designed specifically for the purpose of solving this problem.
The service can be carried out from outside your home in most cases, and the high pressure drain cleaning nozzles cut away the debris like a hot knife cutting through butter.
Another advantage, is that the debris is blasted away completely and the pipe is cleared as if it was a brand new pipe.
The cost of this service should be approximately R600,00. If you consider the cost of purchasing the tools, the time and the mess involved, I would recommend trying the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar first, and if this fails to clear the blockage, then rather call a specialist.