For Simple Plumbing Clogs, Try A Snake!

Here’s how you can use a snake to fix your plumbing problems.

First, let’s define what we mean by a “snake.” In the plumbing industry, a snake is often referred to as a drain auger. It’s a long, flexible metal coil that can either be used manually or driven by a motor.

Step 1
When faced with a clogged drain, you should try a plunger first. Plungers work by creating a vacuum that forces air into a drain pipe. Plungers will often make quick work of a clogged drain. As useful as plungers are they a tough clog might require a little more attention.

Step 2
Bring out the auger. Snakes are usually about one-quarter inch thick and are made to extend deep into a drain where it can reach the root of the problem and displace it. Homeowners can use plastic snakes that are capable of breaking up clogs, but aren’t strong enough to crack plastic piping if used too forcefully. Plumbing experts like Douglas E. Wilson Plumbing use specialized drain augers that are powerful enough to dislodge even the most stubborn clogs.

Step 3
To use a snake, slowly feed it down the drain and use the crank to propel it deeper into the piping. When the auger reaches the clog its rotation will break it up causing it to tangle with the snake’s textured coils allowing you to drag the clogged material back up to the surface.

Step 4
Remove the debris from the snake’s coil and run the faucet or flush the toilet to make ensure the plumbing is completely clear. Have a bucket at the ready to collect and remove the clogged material. Be warned it could be pretty smelly and you should wear some goggles if you have tried to remove the clog with any caustic chemicals.

If you don’t find success with a difficult clog or have decided that snakes just aren’t for you give us a call at (805) 963-3454 and we’ll get your water draining again.