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How To Use A Drain Snake To Solve Your Plumbing Issues

By November 20, 2018 December 16th, 2019 Blog

How To Use A Drain Snake To Solve Your Plumbing Issues | Triton Plumbing Service London Ontario Plumber

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you probably have a clog in your drain right now.

Most folks get rid of the easy clogs by themselves, but (assuming you’re local) reach out for help for general plumbing in London Ontario for anything larger.

We’re here to help you if you need us, but today we will also give you a huge tip: invest in a drain snake.

A drain snake is basically a hand-held auger that allows you to manually feed a narrow end down into the drain so that you can break up a clog.

If you’ve tried plunging, and that hasn’t worked, then a drain snake is your next step.

Most plumbers will use a drain snake, and so if you find yourself making repeated calls for unclogging, you might find the investment worth your while.

Why Use A Drain Snake?

A drain snake drills through the blockage, allowing you to break it up into small pieces.

It also doesn’t damage your pipes, the same way that chemical drain cleaners do.

Although sometimes you’re not going to be able to handle the clog yourself, handling the ones that are manageable can save you quite a bit of money in the long run.

Are There Different Kinds?

Drain snakes – also known as plumbing snakes – come in varying lengths and strengths.

The most common is probably the cable or drain auger, which has a flexible cable ending in a corkscrew, that you manually turn to drill through the clog.

A flat tape auger is similar, but uses a flat cable instead of a hose – this means it’s best suited for pipes that are less than 2 inches in diameter.

A power auger is what you’ll want to invest in, because it’s similar to the cable auger, but it has a built-in motor, which means it does all the work, not you.

Lastly, there’s also a toilet auger, designed specifically to wind through bendy pipes and unblock toilet blockages.

Although they all mostly look the same, you’ll need to gauge how long a drill part you’ll need to reach where the clog is.

If a hand-held snake cannot reach the clog, you will probably need to bring in a heavier-hitter, or a plumber, who may use a rocket nozzle auger – this uses pressurized water to break up the blockage.

Drain snake for plumbing issues | Triton Plumbing Service London Ontario Plumber

How To Use A Drain Snake

Drain snakes are surprisingly simple to use.

Take the long, thin nozzle, and feed it down through the drain opening, until you feel resistance – this should be the clog that you’ve come up against.

Turn the handle and rotate the snake to drill into and loosen up the clog.

Once it’s loosened, it should be easier to dislodge – pull out the snake to test its status.

If you can feed down a hook, you can possibly pull chunks out; alternately, run the water to see if it dislodges the chunks and drains properly.

If it does NOT drain, you may need to repeat the process a couple of times, which is completely normal.

Carry on feeding down the auger, drilling, and flushing out the blockage until it runs clear.

Call Triton Plumbing & Service

If you don’t manage to break up your clog, even after several attempts with the snake, then it IS time to give us a call and let us take care of the blockage for you.

Do you have a clog now?

Triton Plumbing & Service has 24/7 service, so it doesn’t matter what time of day you run into your plumbing problem.

We’re friendly, we can help with any plumbing issue you need, and we’ll make sure you can get back to your business in no time at all.

Triton Plumbing + Service
Serving London and SWO

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