Drain snaking is a popular and effective method to unclog a difficult drain. A drain snake is a slender, flexible auger used to dislodge clogs in plumbing. The snake is often reserved for tougher clogs that cannot be loosened with a plunger. Here are some basic steps on drain snaking :
Push the end of the snake into the drain opening and turn the handle on the drum that contains the coiled-up snake. The auger begins its journey down the drain.
Keep pushing more of the snake into the drain until you feel resistance. You may have to apply pressure when cranking the handle to get it to bend around the tight curve in the trap under the sink. After turning the curve, the snake usually slides through easily until you hit the clog.
Rotate the snake against the blockage until you feel it feed freely into the pipe. The rotating action enables the tip of the snake to attach to the clog and spin it away or chop it up. If the clog is a solid object, the auger head entangles the object. If you don’t feel the auger breaking through and twisting getting easier, pull the auger out of the drain — you’ll likely pull the clog out with it.
Run water full force for a few minutes to be sure that the drain is unclogged. Sometimes, the clog flushes down the drain; at other times, the clog comes out attached to the snake.
If you are still unsuccessful after following these steps, you may need to call for professional drain snaking service.
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