Drain Blockage Clearing Drain Blockage Clearing

What You'll Need
Drain snake
Rubber gloves
Rags or paper towels

Even the most reliable sink, toilet, or bathtub will develop a drain blockage now and again. This can pose a serious problem. Even if you manage to clear the blockage so that water will go down your drain again, there are many kinds of drain blockages that will leave small amounts of themselves behind, making it easier for new clogs to form from the same source material. Many procedures used to unclog drains have this weakness. This is why using a drain snake is the best way to clean out a drain and keep it in working order. What follows should give you everything you need to get your drain working again.

Step 1 - Setting Up

Before you start to unclog your drain, put on your rubber gloves. They will help you to grip the drain snake if it gets slippery and hard to grasp, as well as protecting your hands.

Step 2 - Using the Snake

The first step to unclogging your drain is holding the drain snake by the handle. Next, put the other end into your drain. Be careful not to scratch the surrounding area, so put the end of the drain snake into the drain slowly.

Once the end of the drain snake is in your drain, turn the crank a few times to move the snake further into the drain. Keep turning the crank and send the snake deeper, but once the crank becomes the slightest bit difficult to turn, stop immediately. Forcing the snake to go further can damage your drain. Additionally, if your drain snake becomes difficult to extend, the most likely reason for this is that you have struck the clog. If your drain snake does not become difficult to extend, keep turning the crank, and stop when you feel resistance.

Step 3 - Removing the Clog

Once you strike the clog, turn the crank of your drain snake in the other direction, retracting the snake from your drain. Hold the handle steady while you do this, because if you do not you may damage either the snake or the drain. Once the drain snake is fully retracted, remove it from the area of your drain completely.

Chances are good that some of the material that the clog is made out of is on the end of your drain snake. This is good, because it means you are making progress. Clean the end of your drain snake off with rags or paper towels. Once you have done this, you can put the drain snake back at the opening of your drain, extend it, and repeat the process. Eventually, you will remove the entire clog and your drain will clear.

Step 4 - Finishing Up

You will be able to tell that the clog is broken when water goes down your drain. If there is no water backed up around your drain, run a little bit on top of it to check. After the water drains, use your drain snake one more time to make sure you have gotten all of the clog out.

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