Is a drain at your place giving you grief? When they’re working beautifully, you hardly give your drains the slightest bit of attention. Ignore them too much, though, and you may start to notice things going wrong – which is probably why you’re here to learn how to use a drain snake!
In most cases, you will be alerted to your troublesome drain due to the following red flags:
Luckily, there are plenty of things you can try at home before giving your trusty local blocked drain plumber a call. These include:
Today, though, we’re going to zoom in on a DIY drain unblocking method that is arguably more effective than any of the simple home solutions listed above. It’s the drain snake, otherwise known as a drain eel, plumbers snake or hand-held auger.
It’s the little brother of the plumber’s professional and motorised auger, whose ‘snake’ slithers deep inside your drain and plumbing system to chew through some of the most stubborn and complex of blockages. The hand-held, un-motorised version is just a few dollars in your hardware store, consisting of a coil that still snakes down your drain for this important task.
The only question left is how to use a drain snake – so here goes!:
Before getting the drain snake into action, remove the drain’s P-trap or opening assembly if necessary.
But if you can easily insert the tip of the auger into the drain opening, let’s do that now. Use the crank to unwind it into the pipe.
Be aware of any resistance your drain snake meets on the way in. It could be a bend in the pipe, but it might also be whatever’s clogging it up. No matter what, try to keep cranking the auger past the resistance.
If the auger goes in further, keep going until you reach the real blockage. If it won’t go any further, you’ve probably already found the clog.
Try to get that auger in a little deeper, but not too far – because you want to start winding the snake back in a little now. But before you get too far, wind it back into the blockage – and then back out again. Repeat this process to break up the clog effectively.
Wind the auger all of the way back in – carefully, because you don’t want to do any damage to your actual plumbing.
How’s that drain doing its draining now? All good? Or still clogged? If the latter, repeat the process again, and if you’re making progress now, add a bit more power to your handiwork with a flush of hot water or some bi-carb/vinegar.
If your efforts have proved futile, however, don’t fret – because your plumber is standing by just around the corner with some much more powerful professional drain unblocking tools. At Affordable Plumbing Solutions, our friendly team is always equipped with CCTV drain camera tech, ultra high-pressure water jetters, and innovative solutions like no-dig pipe relining.
Affordable Plumbing Solutions really are the plumbers Sydney can count on, offering not only great pricing and fast responses but workmanship that we fully guarantee for every job – big or small. Give the experienced crew a call today.