How To Remove Shower Drain Cover – Tips That You Need To Know

Have you been living for years in your home and probably can’t remember the last time you made a general check-up around your shower room? The last thing you want to happen is to be caught off-guard with the number of drain monsters lurking in your shower drain especially when you have growing kids living underneath the same roof. Just imagine the dose of hair going right down to your shower drain every single day.

Although oftentimes overlooked, shower drain covers are actually very important parts of a bathroom. Not only does it ensure you won’t lose pieces of jewelry down the drain when you missed to take them off during shower, it primarily acts to divide the drainage pipe and shower enclosure so that large debris do not cause clogging in the drain and ripple into more plumbing devastations.


It’s great having the option of always having someone to do it for you when trouble comes. The thing is you can’t afford to be spending dollars to pay a mechanic, a plumber, an electrician, or any home-fix expert every single time something needs fixing. You can take the lead and be in charge, learn how to remove shower drain cover on your own and never worry about any clog. It’s simple and quick!

First Things First

The first thing you need to know in removing shower drain cover is to examine how it is attached so that it becomes easier for you to know how to remove it. Most of the shower covers are attached with either a single screw at the center or by two screws along its edges. Some shower drains, however, are not attached by any screw except for metal flanges that let the drain cover pop in an out of place. Once you have checked the style of your shower drain cover, it is time to know the specific tools and materials you will need to address your drain concern.

How to remove shower drain cover

Examine how drain is attached before removing it

Step-By-Step to Remove Shower Drains Cover

What You will Need

For shower drain covers that are attached by screws, make sure you have a screwdriver appropriate for No. 2 Philips screws, a flat-head screwdriver, ample amount of lubricant, and a small cup to keep the screws when dislodged.

If your shower drain cover comes with no visible screws, then be ready to have in hand a pair of needle-nose pliers, lubricant, and a putty knife.

How to do It


Shower Drains Cover With Screws

removing shower drain cover with screws

Shower drains cover with screws

1. For those shower drain covers that are attached by screws, they will most likely be No. 2 Philips screws and you would only be needing a screwdriver to remove them. Should one screw be stuck, you can use one palm of your hand to apply pressure on the end of the screwdriver’s handle while using your other hand to turn it. Otherwise, you can solve the glitch by spraying plenty of lubricant or penetrating catalyst so as not to force it to be bolted out of its place. After removing the screws, make sure to prevent losing them by setting them aside, perhaps in a small cup.

 Using screwdriver for removing shower drain cover with screw

Use screwdriver to remove Philips-screws on shower drain cover

2. Once screws are set aside, you can now pry the cover open by inserting the tip of the screwdriver through an opening near the rim while pulling down on the screwdriver’s handle. It should give you a bigger opening and if there is any clog underneath it, you can use a putty knife to clean it off. Do not worry if the cover does not come up quickly as expected, you can loosen it with the aid of a flat-head screwdriver and hammer which you can use to tap around the rim. Use the screwdriver to snoop it away from the drain was it is loose. Stephanie Loaiza/ Demand Media


Shower Drain Covers Without Screws

removing shower drains without screws

Shower drains without screws

If your shower drain cover is attached by no visible screws or any form of support, it means your drain has a snap-on cover which is connected by less than no means of snapping the drain cover into its rightful place. These snap-on variety of drain covers are most likely being held in place through some silicone adhesive, thus, would entail a little bit of force to pull it free. Again, you don’t have to get all panicky just yet because you can practically do it on your own very quickly.

1. First, you need to spray some lubricant along the drain cover’s lip. Be patient in doing this, and leave it for a few minutes, allowing the lubricant to settle in.

spray some lubricant along the drain cover’s lip

Spray some lubricant along the drain cover’s lip

2. Next, insert the ends of a pair of needle-nose pliers into an opening on the drain cover. See to it that the pointed ends are on the opposite sides of the drain.

Tools for removing shower drain cover

Use needle-nose pliers to open the drain cover with no screw

3. With firmness, hold the pliers securely with one hand per grip and then twist to the left. Strainers which are screw-in types and covers that are held by adhesive will loosen eventually.

4. Should more lubricants be needed, spray generously unto the drain. Once the cover has been removed, go ahead and get rid of the debris down the drain pipe and using a flathead screwdriver, scrape away any build-up of soap scum or corrosion around the shower drain cover perimeter.


Having learned all this do-it-yourself techniques in removing your shower drain cover, do you now feel more in charge of your home? Whether you are a dad, a mom, a daughter, or a son, these quick tips are very simple and easy to take in by heart. Gone are the days that you have to spend so much to live in the comfort of your own home and actually bring in the comfort yourself.

Remember that once the little things that matter are overlooked, they can create pretty much damage to our mood, our comfort and convenience, and even to our entire day! Don’t let the small glitches take the best of you. Take over and be in charge!

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Ethan Johnson

I’m Ethan Johnson. I’m a mechanical engineer, and I’m passionate about Home Improvement. I hope my skills and experience can help you remodel your home by turning simple, inexpensive, and innovative ideas into easy tasks that you can DIY! So no need to go too far, just read on and you’ll be ready to get the ball rolling.

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