Your drains carry water to the drainpipe and away from your home, but when you have a clogged drain, it can quickly turn a happy morning into a frustrating one. Fortunately, you can unblock clogged drains with a drain snake.
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When you have a plumbing issue, drain snaking can come to your rescue. A drain snake, sometimes referred to as a plumber’s auger, a drain auger, or a plumber’s snake, is a gadget used to clear a blocked bathroom or kitchen sink drain. Bigger augers may be required for larger pipes, such as your toilet.
Debris, hair, and detergent residue can quickly clog the small drains in a drainage pipe or the u-shaped trap below the sink. The majority of these obstructions are small and can be cleared with snake draining.
When you snake a drain, you take a snake cable and push the auger head or corkscrew end down the pipe. The head has a spring to capture materials causing drain clogs, allowing you to pull it out.
If the blockage seems substantial and cannot be dislodged with the snake drain, or if the drainage trap and pipelines were clear despite the clogged drain, you will likely have a more serious plumbing issue that will require the help of a professional plumber.
Snaking a drain helps to remove soft clogs that aren’t far down the pipe. However, keep in mind that if you have additional clogs further down the line or if there is a solid object obstructing the pipe, drain snaking will not work to remove the clog.
Use a drain snake when your shower, tub, or sink drain is slowing or not emptying at all due to obstructions up to 25 feet down the pipeline. It typically addresses water drainage issues that plunging, drain cleaning chemicals, or the use of a synthetic hair snake can’t fix.
Here are a few tips to help you snake your own drain using a plumbing auger.
To clear a drain pipe effectively, you’ll need to have the right tools for the job. Firstly, you’ll need drain augers, a plastic bucket or protective drum, and rubber gloves to protect your hands.
Many people think that there isn’t a right or wrong way to use drain snakes. However, this isn’t true. Using the correct technique will ensure your success and get your drain working properly again. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to use the plumber’s snake or if you’re dealing with stubborn clogs, you should get in touch with a professional plumber.
Another way to effectively remove a sink clog or make the snaking process easier is to pour hot water down the drain. This is especially useful in the winter months when soap scum can solidify in drain pipes.
Before you hire a professional plumber to take care of your clogged drain, here are a few things you should consider:
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