Most plumbing repairs require immediate attention. Chief among them is a clogged drain as it results in a lot of inconvenience and mess around the affected area. Even so, many individuals wait until the drain completely stops before taking the corrective actions to remedy the situation. This brief article will introduce you to one of the easiest and most efficient methods to unclog a drain – snake draining.
What is Snake Draining?
Snake draining is a technique used to unclog drains. It is performed using an auger – a coiled “snake” piece, which is attached with a handle on one end. There are basically two types of plumbing snakes; the closet augers, which are used by plumbers for unclogging toilets and the drain augers, which is more common in homes.
How it Works
The drain auger or snake is usually about ¼ inch thick and works in an opposite way as the plunger does. The user ought to push the auger into the clog and then crank it into the drain. The primary objective of the snake is helping the user gain access to the clog allowing him or her to pull it out. However, there are some “snakes” that fit as attachments on electric drills giving them more power to force themselves through the clogs. These are the best types to buy.
How to Use Snakes – Steps
Step 1. First and foremost, try using a plunger to check if the blockage can be removed. If impossible, proceed with the following steps.
Step 2. Get the auger.
Step 3. Push the auger’s end into the drain opening by turning its handle on the drum. Here, the snake commences its journey through the drain.
Step 4. Continue pushing the auger into the drain until you feel some resistance. At some point, you may be forced to apply more pressure while cranking the snake’s handle to enable it bend around the trap’s curves, which are located under the sink. After moving through the curve, the auger usually slides easily through the drain until you reach the clog.
Step 5. Rotate the auger slowly against the clog until it feeds freely into the pipe. The action allows the snake’s tip to attach onto the clog thus spinning it away or chopping it up into smaller removable pieces. But, if the blockage is a solid in nature, the snake’s head entangles itself on the clog allowing it to be easily pulled out.
Step 6. Allow water to run through the drain for a few minutes to make sure the drain is unclogged. Sometimes, the clog will come out attached to the auger or may be flushed down the drain with the running water.
By following the above steps, you will be able to unclog your drain with much ease. While using an auger, it is important that you do not remove it haphazardly or too quickly. If you do so, the clog may splatter all over the floor or walls causing more harm than good. Other than that, there are a few warnings that also come with use of augers. Below are some warnings to watch out for:
- Using drain augers may push the blockage further down the pipe therefore making it more difficult to locate and remove them. Thus, don’t be tempted to follow your house’s plumbing system when tracking down the clog.
- Avoid pouring large amounts of oil or grease into the drain. And, to prevent small amounts of grease from attaching inside of pipes, always run hot water through the drainpipes emulsify the grease.
To avoid such problems, it is always important to contact a professional when trying to resolve drain blockage.