Common Causes of Slow Shower Draining

A slow draining shower can be an irritating inconvenience and disrupt our daily routine. The standing water in the shower can leave us frustrated on a bright sunny morning. This can be indicative of an underlying issue of the plumbing system. Standing ankle deep in water is a struggle and a sign that there can be issues with water lines or drainage.

Is your shower or bath not draining used water efficiently? If you suspect your drains may be blocked, call our experts on 0800 999 1769 to get started.

Our expert engineers have the skills required to identify any issue within your drainage system, and they will carry out any work that is necessary. Rest assured, we will ensure your blocked shower or bath is addressed efficiently and effectively.

Here are some of the common causes of slow draining in shower:

1. Hair Build-Up

Hair build-up is the most common cause of slow shower draining. When we shower, loose strands of hair fall out naturally and can easily wash down the drain. Every day, more amount of hair is added to the previous, and they form a tangled mass that restricts water flow through the drain.

Over the time, these hair strands can accumulate along with other debris, such as soap scum, dirt and dead skin cells. All this can result in clogging and prevent water from draining, which leads to slow drainage and even complete blockage in some cases.

2. Soap Residue

The shower products like soap, body wash, etc., contain ingredients that leave behind residue when they come in contact with water. This residue can stick to the inside of drainage pipes and build up over the time.

This residue inside traps other debris and hair passing in the pipe and can form a stick solution. Over the time, this build-up narrows the diameter of the drainage pipe and restricts the flow of water. This results in slow draining of water in the shower.

3. Mineral Build-Up

This cause is majorly seen in areas with hard water supply. The water supply contains high concentrations of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When hard water flows through the pipes, these minerals deposit along the sides of the pipes. Over the time, these deposits can accumulate and harden, which narrows the diameter of the pipe and reduces water flow.

This mineral build-up not only slows down the shower drainage but also deteriorates the pipes if not treated on time.

4. Foreign Objects

Sometimes, while showering or cleaning, any small object like a bottle cap, jewellery or children’s toy can accidentally fall or slide into the shower drain. These foreign objects can get stuck inside the drainage pipe and create a blockage that can restrict the smooth water flow.

The foreign object can be small but can still trap other debris and, therefore, can cause blockage in the pipe and obstruct the water flow. These objects usually require professional help and equipment for removal without damaging the pipe.

Call a professional on 0800 999 1769 and we will there for checking your drainage system and remove the obstructions.

5. Pipe Damage

Over the period of time, pipes start to wear and tear off if not properly maintained, especially in old houses. Cracks, leaks and corrosion can be developed in old pipes. Factors such as high water pressure, temperature fluctuations and exposure to chemicals can speed up the deterioration process in the pipes.

Pipe damages not only slow down your shower drainage but can also cause leakage issues and structural damage. Newly built houses can also face this issue if high-quality pipes aren’t used. This problem can be seen as a minor problem but can accelerate to a major problem if not addressed properly and timely.

6. Improper Installation

The Shower drains should be properly installed to perform optimally and drain efficiently. If the drain is not installed correctly or lacks the appropriate slope, the water will not move freely towards the drain. This could lead to a pool of water in certain shower areas, which can lead to slow drainage and standing water.

While buying a house or building a new one, ensure you understand the slops for creating a good drainage system. The water should flow towards the drain; therefore, the slope and tile should be arranged in that particular manner.

7. Tree Roots

In some of the houses, the tree roots can infiltrate underground pipes and some of them are connected to shower drains. These tree roots can cause cracks, joints and weak points in the pipe in search of moisture and water.

After entering the pipe these tree roots can expand in such a manner that it creates a blockage and obstructs the water flow. This can lead to slow drainage in the shower and can even cause plumbing and drainage problems throughout the home in the long run.

In conclusion, dealing with slow shower draining requires understanding drainage issues and effective solutions. Whether it is hair build-up, soap remaining, or mineral deposits of pipe damage, each issue should be approached with a unique and correct approach.

Take a proactive step now by calling a professional to tackle your clogged drain and build-up. Call on 0800 999 1769, and we will help you with all your drainage problems.

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