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What Causes Standing Water In My Shower?

We’ve all looked down mid-shower to find ourselves ankle-deep in soapy water. When water drains slowly from a shower (or doesn’t drain at all), it’s called standing water, and it’s a sure sign that you have a clogged shower drain. If you find yourself with slow draining water, follow these troubleshooting steps.

How do you know if your shower drain is clogged?

The biggest sign of a clogged drain is water that drains slowly or not at all. However, there may also be a bad odor from the drain. Blockages are caused by hair, dirt and soap scum that get stuck in the pipe over time. If you have long hair, your drain will probably clog more frequently.

How to Fix a Shower Clog

There are several ways to fix a drain clog, all of which you should be able to do on your own:

  • Boiling Water: Boil a pot of water and pour it down the shower drain, which will help break up soap scum and other debris. While this may not work completely after one pot,  doing this every time you clean should prevent clogs.
  • Use a Plunger: just like a plunger will break up blockages in a toilet, it will also work on your shower drain. Plungers can be useful in breaking up hair blockages.
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda: If simpler methods don’t work, baking soda and vinegar (a powerful cleaning duo) should do the trick for deeper blockages. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, then a cup of vinegar, and wait a few hours for the solution to dissolve the clog. Rinse the drain with boiling water.
  • Drain-Cleaning Chemicals: While they will likely take care of a clog quickly, drain chemicals are harsh enough to harm you and your pipes. Never use chemicals to unclog your drain.

Should I call a plumber for my clogged drain?

If you’ve exhausted every method without success or you have to frequently unclog your shower drain, it’s time to call a plumber. If you can’t unclog the drain or it clogs often, you could have a blockage in your sewer line, which can cause serious damage if it goes unchecked.

If you have a persistent clog or need shower drain repair, contact Parker & Sons Plumbing and begin your service request today.


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What Our Customers Say

Fast & Reliable

Very fast response. Reliable and even let us do some of the work to keep costs down. Really worked with us to sort through alternatives to find the best solution. I have used them about 5 years ago and will certainlycall them again if I ever need anything.

Roberta C.

Very Knowledgeable

I recently had several plumbing leaks repaired and couldn’t be happier with the prompt service I received from Parker and Sons. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, reasonably priced, and do quality work. I would definitely recommend them to my family and everyone. I would trust them to repair any leak in the house.

Stacey C.

Amazing Service!!!

Amazing service!!! Called and came the same day within 2 hrs. Our toilet had to be re-fitted and snaked. They did a beautiful job on the re-fitting and got the large piece of plastic out of the toilet. Will definitely be recommending them to friends and family. Great service, great people, hard to find these days!!!

Shakira C.

Excellent Service!

Excellent Service! We had some work done on our kitchen and Parker and Sons were able to come out to our house and help us with our remodel. Great guys and great service. I would recommend them to anyone needing a plumber service.

Brad B.

Great to Work With

Jim and his guys are great to work with. Had Parker & Sons come out to take a look at an AC unit at one of my rental properties. Unit is in the attic. Had to replace a coil on it and did a great job. Will definitely use again.

Jeff C.

Amazing Staff!

I have referred Parker and Sons to all of my customers and I would not think of referring anybody else. They have been great and very punctual. All of the plumbers and office staff have been amazing!

Miguel B.

Reasonable Prices

I was in good hands today with journeyman plumber Mark Rizley. He remained until all was better than before. He replaced a PRV and improved a mediocre repair recently done by another well known local company. The price remained reasonable despite the extra effort needed for the job. Well done Mark! Parker and Sons will be my first call in the future.

Todd D.

Fantastic Company!

This is a fantastic company with outstanding professionalism, quality of work, and customer service. While their prices are extremely competitive, their work doesn’t feel cheap like some of the companies you can hire of off Craigslist or on a FB yard sale page. This is a reputable company with proven work and licensed, skilled technicians.

Ben A.

Fair Prices & Excellent Work

Have used Parker & Sons 3 different times, once for a huge complex plumbing repair and twice for smaller jobs. Fair prices and excellent work/fast response time every time.

Kristy K.