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The next time a clogged drain in the shower disrupts your morning routine, know that it's not the end of the world. In fact, this is a fix you can address yourself—for the cost of a plastic snake. Pull out the stopper or drain grate, and use the snake to drag out the gunk that's stopping the water flow. If you have an old home with galvanized pipes, steer clear of the snake, which can damage weak pipes. Instead, opt for a gentler method, such as pouring hot water down the drain to melt away blockages.
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