Are you facing a clog in the shower drain? If so, then you might have come up with the idea of using Drano to solve the issue.
And why not? After all, Drano has definitely shown positive and effective results in removing all types of drain clogs you have faced before.
But, one of the major questions that always arises about using Drano is if it’s safe or not.
Because Drano is a highly corrosive chemical solution, it has the ability to damage PVC and metallic pipes gradually after using it several times.
That is why it is strictly prohibited by the company of Drano themselves that it shouldn’t be used on toilets as it will completely damage and eat up their interior.
And so, the same question arises in the case of using Drano for shower drains as well. That is, whether Drano will damage the shower drain or not.
I will be sharing the answer to this question in detail throughout this article. Check it out!
Is Drano Safe for Shower Drains?
As per the claim of the company of the drain cleaner brand Drano, it is absolutely safe for shower and bathtub drains.
Even though I have never used Drano in the shower drain, those who have tried it highly recommended to go for it as it efficiently cleans clogged shower drains with least to no damage.
The Drano Max Gel is rated by many plumbing experts as one of the best solutions to clean up clogged or slow-moving shower drains.
What Makes a Shower Drain Clog?
If you have female members in your house who have longer hair and use the shower, the drain of which is clogged now, then there’s more than a 90% chance that this is due to the deposition of hair clots.
Human hair is made of a very tough protein called Keratin. Because of this protein, the hair is very elastic, flexible and hard to break.
That is why whenever a clot of hair accumulates at a place, it’s very difficult to break it down. And so, to remove such hair clots forming clogs, you need something chemically very strong.
And there’s no doubt that Drano is a very chemically strong solution. Since it has the capability to even eat up iron pipes.
Thus, Drano is considered one of the best solutions to clean up shower drain clogs as it has the ability to eat up hard clots of hair by the process of decomposition.
What to Try Before Drano to Clean the Shower Drain?
Whenever you feel like there’s a clog in your shower or bathtub drain that is obstructing the smooth movement of your drain, don’t just jump into using Drano first.
At first check for the visible obstructions on your drain. Many of the obstructions or clots, especially due to hairs are visible on the surface of the drain or somewhere shallow.
If you notice such clog that is visible and near enough for you to reach, then remove it immediately from there.
If you don’t see any clogs with your naked eyes anywhere near, then check whether your shower drain consists of a stopping or closing mechanism.
Many modern shower drain toppers have a mechanism to block or close the shower drain to prevent the water from getting drained when you don’t want it to.
This very mechanism is mostly observed in bathtub shower drains.
Hence, to check it, you just simply need to make sure if there’s enough space between the shower drain topper and the drain to expel the water to the drain properly.
If you feel there isn’t enough space for the water to pass smoothly through it, then check for the ways to open the shower drain stopper.
There are different types of closing systems on shower drain toppers.
Many shower toppers contain a separate portion in the middle of it that is required to be unscrewed to rise up and open the shower drain.
Therefore, in case the stopper or closing system of your shower drain has accidentally closed, it can be the reason why the shower water isn’t draining.
Alternatives to Using Drano for Cleaning the Shower Drain
If your shower drain is open and actually clogged and you aren’t able to reach or see the clog, you will have to go for using Drano to clean it.
But if you’re still not confident enough to use Drano on your shower drains even though it is confirmed to be safe for them, no pressure.
You can simply try out these alternative methods to clean your shower drain instead. And see if this works for it.
I am listing out below the alternative methods to clean the shower drain rather than going for Drano.
Using Boiling Water
If your shower drain clog isn’t too hard or difficult to break, then just a pot full of boiling water should be the simplest and instant solution for you.
So, you should definitely try it first, even if you’re planning to go for Drano. All you have to do is to take a pot full of boiling water and pour it carefully into the shower drain.
Repeat this process three to four times and then, check if you notice any change in the flow of water to the shower drain.
If the change isn’t significant enough to satisfy you, then repeat it a few more times until it completely clears out the drain.
Using Natural DIY Cleaner
If boiling water doesn’t work for your clog, you can make a quick easy yet very effective DIY natural cleaner made from vinegar and baking soda.
First, you have to pour some boiling water into the drain before dropping this solution down. So, the clog gets loosened due to it.
After that, pour the mixture of baking soda and vinegar over it. Then just wait for 15 minutes and pour some more boiling water after that to clean away all the broken clogs.
Using a Drain Snake
This is a bit of a messy method that can make your clothes and shower base very dirty. For this, you’ll need a plumbing tool called drain snakes.
Drain Snakes are a very popular plumbing tool that is really helpful in order to clear drain clogs. Thus, you can use it to clean your shower drain clog as well.
It should be available in any plumbing or hardware store near your house. Generally, drain snakes are metallic but a disposable plastic version is also available.
It is a retractable and flexible drilling tool that is supposed to be pushed down the drain and drag up the clog hung with it.
I hope I was able to help you with the information you needed through this article.
Amongst so many controversies and debates on the safety of using Drano, it is difficult to deliver an accurate answer.
So, if you don’t feel like using Drano for your shower drain, don’t go for it until there’s no other option left.
Thanks for reading till the end!
James is an organic fertilizer professional who owns a successful organic fertilizer company in new jersey. He is an expert in waste management in both houses and community cases. In his free time, he loves to write about his experiences in the field.