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Do You Know How To Properly Use A Plumbing Snake?

Sometimes Drano or Liquid Plumber is just not enough to completely clear that stubborn clog that has been building up in your drain. Before you give up and call a plumber, there is one more highly effective method of clog removal you might want to try. It’s actually a very simple and inexpensive way to keep all of your pipes clear and running smoothly (even the toilet!). A plumbing snake is a long metallic cord that can be extended down your drain and rotated in the pipe to remove clogs. They vary in size, being anywhere from 8 to 20 feet long, and are available at your local plumbing or hardware store. Knowing how to properly use the plumbing snake is a very useful skill to have when dealing with troublesome clogs throughout your house. Simply follow these steps and you’ll have clear drains in no time!

 

Wear Work Gloves

This may not seem like a job that requires work gloves, but it can actually save you some grief when trying to grip the snake as it is extended down the drain. You may also want the gloves regardless, since cleaning a drain can be a pretty messy job.

 

Extend the Plumbing Snake

Be sure to have a clear working space before you start to lower the snake into the drain. You want to hold the snake straight over the drain, and lower the end with the metal coil down into the pipe. Keep lowering until you hit some resistance. If you meet no resistance, but the drain is still clogged, you may need a longer pluming snake.

 

Spin the Plumbing Snake

Now that the snake has been lowered and is touching the clog in the pipe, use the handle at the top of the snake to turn the metal coil in the pipe. This will act as an auger which digs out the clog and loosens any other material that has built up. You may want to pour some water down the drain while you turn the handle to monitor how much the clog has been broken up.

 

Remove the Plumbing Snake and Clean Up

Once the water is draining steadily from the sink or toilet, slowly pull up the snake from the drain. Make sure not to do this too fast, as you can damage the inside of your pipes, or splash some dirt from the drain onto a clean surface in your house. Be sure to clean up any dirt that does emerge with the plumbing snake and put the tool back in its case.

There you have it. Now that you know how to properly use a plumbing snake, taking care of any clog in your house will be a cinch! For more helpful tips or information, visit our website or check us out on Twitter and Facebook.