Using a drain cleaning machine is a good start to get those stubborn clogs, well, simply stated, unclogged. We've all seen the millions of drain cleaners out there. However, sometimes they just don't do the job we are looking for them to do. When that's the case, turn to a drain cleaning machine. The most common tool used to unclog a drain is a drain snake. They come in multiple sizes and have different lengths of cable that are used for each one.
Read the five tips below to help in the operation of this drain cleaning machine. Exploring these tips will help to ensure safety for both yourself and your drain, as well as help get that water flow back to normal.
As stated above, there are different kinds of drain cleaning machines. Different sizes, etc. are available to fit exactly what you are looking for. Familiarize yourself with different types of machines, as well as the blockage you are working with. Choose a machine that is made for the size pipes and blockage you are looking at.
Work Slow and Careful
The main thing to remember in clearing blockages in your pipes is to work very slowly, and very carefully. Damaging your pipes can be easy if you are careless and just there to get the job done. Working slowly means that you will have time to stop an action if you see that it is causing a problem.
Turn It Off
As obvious at this may sound, you will want to make sure your drain cleaning machine is in the off position before you start going after that clog. If you are working with a snake, you need to feed cable through the area to get to the blockage. This is not done while the machine is running as this would cause an extreme amount of danger, which would result in damages.
By Sound, Not Touch
One would think that maybe we would be able to feel when we hit the clog with our machine. However, using a bigger machine of sorts will make a winding down sound when it comes to a blockage in your pipes.
A manual snake often has the benefit of being able to feel when the cable stops, and hits a clog, but using a larger one, it is better to listen for results than to feel for results.
Pull Not Push
Always try to grab a hold of the clog and pull it back through the drain. Don't try to shove it further down the pipe, thinking that it will go if you help it along enough. Chances are it will just get stuck somewhere else down the lane, which in turn is another Saturday for you spent doing this all over again.
Hopefully your blockage isn't of the large sorts, but whatever the clog, remembering the tips above should make it easier and faster to get back to normal. Good luck.