A shower is a place where everyone should feel safe getting clean, so noticing anything coming back up out of your drain can be absolutely horrifying. If you've noticed that waste is coming out of the drain, whether the shower is currently in use or not, you should take steps to immediately protect yourself. Here's what you should do.
1. Figure Out Where It's Coming From
For reference, you'll likely need a plumber for help fixing this problem. Showers typically only have waste come out of the drain if there's a major blockage. This blockage could either be outside in your sewer line, where it could be preventing things from escaping the house, or it could be a blockage in the pipe that handles the waste leaving your shower and toilet. In either case, when you flush the toilet or run water down the drain, it can trigger waste to come out of the shower drain because there's nowhere else for it to go. In either case, a plumber can fix this by getting rid of the clog for you.
2. Get Out
First things first: if you or yours were in the shower when waste came out of the drain, get out immediately. If you have another shower, use that to finish cleaning up and take special care to clean your feet to get rid of any dangerous bacteria you may have been exposed to. If you don't, use a washcloth and soap to finish cleaning up. For now, don't bother trying to rinse down the shower; it's likely that it will just flood the shower and will make a bigger mess.
3. Prevent Access
If you have other household members or even pets, you should cut off access to the bathroom that's having problems immediately. Obviously, if you only have one bathroom you should call a plumber to come out as an emergency. However, that doesn't change the fact that you shouldn't use the bathroom. In particular, you want to keep children and pets from gaining access to the shower. The same concerns about contamination exist for them as adults, especially since children and pets often put their feet or paws into their mouths.
4. Sanitize Thoroughly
Once a plumber has fixed the problem for you, you should take care to thoroughly sanitize the bathroom and the shower in particular. Use a strong cleaning product like bleach to completely kill any remaining dangerous bacteria, like E. coli. This must be done before you start using the shower again in order to protect everyone in your household.
For more help, contact local plumbing services.
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