How to Use a Drain Snake
Small plumbing projects can often turn into complete plumbing disasters. Although it is useful to have the tools to tackle those smaller tasks, it is crucial to know when to call in a professional. Rather than wasting time and energy worrying over a problem, let the experts do the job.
A clogged drain can be a huge burden. Sometimes the solution is a simple fix, for other instances, it may be impossible to take on without the help of a professional plumber. Use the best judgment you have to determine whether or not you can fix your clogged drain.
If you start out trying to unclog your drain on your own, there are a few tools available to you. Although these aren’t as effective as tools used by professional plumbers, they are a good place to start for moderately clogged drains. Invest in a drain snake for wide variety of plumbing DIY projects.
Although the professional grade drain snakes used by professionals are generally out of the price range of those looking to combat a simple drain clog, there are less expensive options that can conquer a few smaller jobs.
This tool is made of a metal wire that has been coiled with a little space at the end. There are a few different ways that these are used to clear drains:
• There is an auger at the end of the wire that works like a corkscrew. This latches onto hair, or whatever else is stuck in the drain, and pulls it out.
• Because the snake is flexible, it can move around inside the pipe, scraping off the different destructive elements that have accumulated on the side of the drain.
• The end of the snake works to breakup things that are blocking the drain.
Through these three steps, using a drain snake can be the perfect solution for a simple drain clog. There are a few different types of drain snakes that can be used around your home. For your projects invest in a hand spinner. These are most useful for taking care of sink and bathtub drains. Never use this type on a clogged toilet, it will ruin the bowl or get tangled in the drain beneath.
If you have tried using a drain snake without success, contact Shamrock Plumbing to take care of the problem. We can unclog your drain quickly, helping your life get back to normal. Don’t spend an excessive amount of time dealing with clogged pipes; call us today!
By Cassie Costner