How to Use a Plumbing Snake

A plumbing snake, also known as a drain auger, is a versatile tool that can be your go-to solution for tackling stubborn clogs and blockages in your plumbing system. At Rooterman TX, we understand the importance of having the right tools and knowledge to address plumbing issues effectively. Continue reading as we provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use a plumbing snake to clear clogs and restore proper drainage.

How to Use a Plumbing Snake

Steps on Using a Plumbing Snake

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin, ensure you have the following items on hand:

  • Plumbing snake
  • Gloves
  • Bucket or old towels
  • Safety glasses

Step 2: Protect Yourself

Put on gloves and safety glasses to protect your hands and eyes from debris and splashes.

Step 3: Prepare the Area

Place a bucket or old towels around the area to catch any water or debris that may come out during the process.

Step 4: Insert the Plumbing Snake

Feed the end of the plumbing snake into the drain opening. Slowly insert it, applying gentle pressure. Keep turning the handle of the snake clockwise to help it move smoothly through the pipe.

Step 5: Navigate the Obstruction

As you encounter resistance, you’ve likely reached the clog. Continue feeding the snake while gently rotating and pushing it through the obstruction. The snake’s flexible cable will help break up and dislodge the blockage.

Step 6: Rotate and Retract

If you feel the snake has broken through the clog, rotate it counterclockwise while retracting it. This action helps to hook onto debris and pull it out. Be prepared to encounter resistance as the clog is dislodged.

Step 7: Repeat as Necessary

If the drain is still not fully cleared, repeat the process by reinserting the snake and navigating through the obstruction. You may need to perform several passes to completely clear the clog.

Step 8: Flush and Test

Once you’ve successfully cleared the clog, run hot water down the drain to flush away any remaining debris. Test the drain by running water and checking for proper drainage.

Step 9: Clean and Store the Snake

After use, clean the plumbing snake by wiping it down with a cloth. Extend and retract the snake to ensure it’s free of debris. Store it in a dry and clean location.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific plumbing snake.
  • Be patient and gentle while navigating the snake through the pipe to avoid damaging the plumbing.
  • If you encounter excessive resistance or are unable to clear the clog, it’s advisable to seek professional plumbing services from Rooterman TX.

Know When to Call a Professional

While using a plumbing snake can be an effective way to clear minor clogs, some situations may require the expertise of a professional plumber. If you’re unable to clear the clog, experience repeated clogs, or suspect a more significant issue within your plumbing system, don’t hesitate to contact Rooterman TX for expert assistance by calling 281.351.4422. Our experienced team is here to assist you in maintaining a smoothly flowing plumbing system.

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