It should be straightforward to auger your drain, but at the same time it's easy to make mistakes. The tool is so simple looking, that you expect to just be able to stick it in the pipe, turn and get out what you need. That's a misconception that can leave you frustrated and with clogged pipes. Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid:
Mistake #1: Fast Insertion
Take your time when inserting an auger into the drain. Try to get a sense of where the clog is. If you just shove it down the drain, you may push whatever is clogging the drain further back.
Mistake #2: Leave the Trap On
You'll double your efforts and time if you leave the trap in place. Remove it and then work to auger the drain. You can skip the frustration of not being able to reach the materials that's clogging the pipe.
Mistake #3: Not Using the Branch Pipe
The clogging may not be be down the drain pipe. It could be down the branch pipe, which is connected to the drain pipe. You'll have to remove the fitting to auger the drain.
Avoid these mistakes and you'll have more success when you auger the drain. You'll save money on plumbing services when you can do-it-yourself.