Sewer Repair

How to Use a Plumber’s Snake

As a home owner, one of the best purchases you can ever make is the purchase of a plumber’s sewer snake.

A plumber’s sewer snake is used to clear clogs by working the flexible wire like tool into the drain. They have a hand crank at one end and an auger at the business end to help clear any blockage. Motorized versions of a plumber’s snake are also available for home use.

You can also buy a toilet snake that is specifically designed to clear toilet clogs.

When Should You Use a Sewer Snake?

After using drain cleaners and failing to clear the clog, a plumber’s sewer snake may be the tool to use. The auger at the end of the snake can be used to break up stubborn clogs in sinks, tubs and toilets.

Drain cleaners have caustic chemicals so be careful not to splash while using the snake. It is a good idea to use some sort of eye protection if you have used drain cleaners in the drain prior to using the snake.

How to Use the Snake

Always use protective non-slip gloves when using a plumber’s snake. Keep a bucket and towel close by when using the snake. It cannot be emphasized enough that eye protection is essential if you have used caustic drain cleaners prior to using the plumber’s snake.

After putting the auger end into the drain, turn the handle clockwise. You will be able to feel the auger make contact with the clog. At this point, you can pull the auger back slightly and then continue to turn the handle clockwise. This will help the auger break through the clog. Pull the auger out when the drain is cleared and dump the clog that is attached to the auger into the bucket.

Make sure you never throw large amounts of food down your kitchen drains. Hair is a real problem in bathroom drains, so periodic cleaning with hot or boiling water poured down the drains is essential to preventing future clogs.

The plumber’s snake is an easy tool to use and can clear most blockages that occur in the home.

Having a plumber’s snake in your home is probably the best investment you can make. You will never regret purchasing one.

About Green Plumbing Solutions

Green Plumbing Solutions provides sewer repair and plumbing services to Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and the surrounding areas. Green Plumbing Solutions is a licensed contractor and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

With Green Plumbing Solutions, the estimate is always free and there is no travel charge. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.