How drain snaking is done
A DRAIN SNAKING is a flexible tool for unclogging the drain. It can be a Do-it-Yourself or a professional one. Each home cannot afford to run away from clogged drains. When they happen, a number of options are available for you to use. A plunger is one of them and is the least expensive. Chemicals can also be poured down the drain but this is not that much environmental friendly. Some can also be dangerous to the user. Also, the other option that you have is to use a drain snake. That is what we will talk about now.
I don’t know what a Drain Snake is
The other name for this is a drain auger or a plumbing snake. It is a long, flexible, metallic cable that has a cone-shaped-auger at the end. The home drain snake is a bit smaller with a length of 50 ft. the name snake is as a result of how it resembles the snake itself. One end of the drain is normally pushed in the drain while turning it around using a handle.
The flexibility of the snake makes sure that it does not get stuck, but rather bend at the areas with twists. This gives an assurance that it will move forward up to the obstruction. Auger end will hook into the clogs due to the twisting motion. Upon hooking, you can pull them back.
Home drain snakes come in various versions for all modes of drains. It is obvious that you should not use the kitchen drain snake for toilet drains. The toilet snake is usually covered in plastic. The purpose is to keep the porcelain safe from scratching by auger and cable made in metal.
How do you use a drain snake?
Using a drain snake is very easy and if you have one (or planning to purchase a new one) you will be able to save a lot of dollars with time. They become handy in instances when the plunger has failed to deliver the needed results.
To start you off, spread several towels on the area to be fixed. It is also advisable to wear hand gloves. Once the cable is out, you will highly likely touch it. You will as well touch anything that will be pulled from the clogged pipe. Work gloves are the best to handle this. The latex gloves are thin and the cable coils can stick on it and probably rip it off. Last but not least, put a pail close to you in which you will deposit the dirt.
The auger end of the snake drain is inserted in the drain and the cable is pushed in by turning it around. Be slow and twist the handle as it pushes forward in the pipe. You may want to remove the drain cover to ease your working.
If the snake comes across a blockage, you will know because the cable will back up. Keep turning the handle until the clog is crashed. If you feel your turning is being resisted, pull back the cable. This will pull out the clog as well. Pour some water in the unclogged drain.