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August 02,2022

How To Use a Drain Snake?

A drain snake is a plumber’s best friend, and we would love to introduce you to this great friend of ours. We use drain snakes to unclog drains as well as appliance hoses, toilets, and plumbing fixtures. This is not a long-term solution though! A drain snake offers temporary relief but does not completely remove the blockage. For an ultimate peace of mind, we recommend you invest in professional drain cleaning once every few years. If you would like to hire a plumber, then feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh. That said, let’s talk about drain snakes.

What Is a Drain Snake?

A drain snake is a long, flexible auger which is inserted in plumbing pipes and drains to dislodge clogs. They come in a variety of sizes, ranging in width and length. At one end of the drain snake is a handle and on the other end is a small, uncoiled spring. Drain snakes can either be manually operated or motor driven. The latter is crucial for deep clogs.

How Do You Use a Drain Snake?

If your sinks, shower, or bathtub are draining slowly or not draining at all, then it might be time to pull out the drain snake. Drain snakes are also useful in unclogging toilets and appliance hoses. They are easy to use!

Before you begin, however, there are some safety considerations to be mindful of. We recommend you wear safety goggles and gloves. If there are chemicals in the drain, then flush the drain with water if at all possible. In any case, be careful when pulling out the drain snake to avoid splashes.

Begin by shutting off the faucets or showerheads. In fact, shutting off the water completely will be the best. Grab a bucket or container and place it beneath the P-trap, a curved pipe right under the sink which holds standing water in order to prevent sewer gases from entering your living space. Remove the P-trap by unscrewing the plastic nuts and let the water collect in the container.

With the P-trap removed, you can insert the cable of the drain snake into the drainpipe. When you feel the obstruction, you must turn rotate the drain snake to break through the debris. Once you feel it pass through, you can continue rotating as you pull the cable back out. Clear the drain pipe with a paper towel and re-insert the cable. Repeat until the clog is sufficiently cleared.

Want Long-lasting Results?

Drain snaking is a temporary solution as it does not completely remove the debris. Clogs can reform after a short time. If you want long-lasting results, then consider a professional drain cleaning. We use advanced augers with the accompaniment of video technology. Our hydro-jetting technology thoroughly scours the gunk and sends the debris down the drain line.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh to schedule a convenient appointment today. We serve all parts of Pittsburgh and surrounding cities. Our friendly representatives are on standby to take your call today. Don’t forget to ask about ongoing promotional offers!

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