I have never heard about a homeowner who hasn’t experienced drain clogs. And I believe it’s for a reason. Our drains are used every time we wash our dishes; take a shower; enjoy a relaxing bath in the tub; wash our fruits and veggies in the sink or just about every time we use our plumbing fixtures. And because of their frequent exposure to a number of foreign objects (toilet paper, paper products, soap scum, shampoo and even your kids’ toys) they get blocked up eventually. Lucky for us, it is not at all hard to get rid of a drain clog. Because of the plumbing tools that technology has made available for us, we are able to remove blockages in no time! One of these tools by the way is the popular “plumbing snake”. It’s very effective in clearing drains because it simply hooks out whatever it is that’s blocking the pipes. You have to be very careful in using it though and I quote,
“A quick word about drain snakes is necessary before I outline the instructions for how to snake a drain. One of the most important things to do when snaking a drain is to use the right machine for the type of stoppage. Using the wrong size or type of snake in the wrong application can cause damage to the snake, the fixture, or even yourself. Each and every plumbing fixture is different so under each drain type I will list what kind of snake you will need. If you rent a snake make sure to tell the rental company what you will be using it for and where you are snaking the drain from so they can recommend the right machine for the job.” (See full article here.)
Apparently, there are a number of drain snake variations in the market. With that said, it is important that we use the right kind based on the fixture that we’re trying to clear out. Otherwise, we might damage our toilets, sinks or even our drainpipes and that’s going to give us more inconvenience, not to mention the repair expenses that we have to shell out money on. So now let’s move forward and learn how to snake your drain. Here’s a guide for dummies that I recently read!
If neither cleaning the trap nor plunging clears a plumbing clog, your final weapon is a drain auger (also known as a snake). This tool, a coiled spiral snake that’s usually about 1/4-inch thick with a handle on one end, works the opposite way that a plunger does: You push the snake into the clog and crank it to drive the snake farther into the obstruction. While parts of the clog break up and flush through the drain, the snake helps you gain access to the clog so that you can pull it out. Some snakes can fit as an attachment on an electric drill, giving it more power to force it through the clog. Snakes are especially handy because they’re long enough to reach clogs that are deep within a drainpipe.
I hope that you learned a lot from the Clements CA plumber’s manual on using a plumbing snake! Browse my blog site for more plumbing related information such as tips on fixing clogged drains or my suggestions for effective drain unblockers. If you need plumbing experts to help you out at home, just call Plumbers 911 California at 800-731-1139 or visit their website at http://ift.tt/1lHDDqa!
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