Having clogged drains causes chaos in your home. After all, your home can hardly function when the drains aren’t clear. However, is it a smart idea to try to unclog your drains yourself? When is it time to give up these efforts and call in a plumber? Below are four ways to unclog your drain using an auger – or a snake, as it is often called. These steps will explain how to effectively use a drain snake so that a plumber may not be needed.
Push the End of the Snake into the Opening
Make sure the end of the snake is in the clogged opening, then turn the handle on the drum that has the coiled-up snake in it. The snake will begin to go down into the drain.
Push the snake into the drain until you start to feel a little resistance. This is normal, and you may have to keep the pressure up until it turns the curve in the drain, which usually causes the snake to then slide easily until the clog is found.
Keep Rotating the Snake
Keep pushing and rotating the snake while it is in the drain. Keep doing this until it is no longer easy to do, which usually means that you have located the object causing the clog. If you lift the snake at this point, the object should be attached to it and therefore removed from the drain.
Run the Water at Full Force
After you have removed the object causing the blockage, run the water at full force for several minutes. At this point, the clog is usually at the end of the snake, or the water will flush the clog out.
What if This Doesn’t Work?
If these steps do not work, or if you are having any trouble with the steps, it is a good idea to purchase a high-quality drain unblocker from Plumbers 4 U or some other plumbing company. Some of the less expensive brands may not be as effective, so purchasing a more professional one just might do the job.
There are different types of snakes, with some even fitting on the end of an electric drill. However, all of them work the same basic way – by allowing you to get deep into the drain and reach the object that is causing the clog. The snake breaks up the object, allowing it to be flushed down the drain, or the snake picks up the object itself, so that you can pull the object out easily.