How to Unclog Plastic Pipes without Damaging Them

What You'll Need
Liquid Drain Cleaning Solution
Thins Plumbers Snake
Hose Pipe

Plastic pipes and drains get clogged just the same as other material drains. The difference with plastic pipes is that they can be damaged with heavy metal drain snakes. They need a little more care and attention when removing clogs or bungs from them.

Step 1 – Drain Cleaner

Use the liquid drain cleaner first, so see if you can dislodge any clogs and clear the drain before snaking it. Much of the clog might be cleared by the liquid and help you to smoothly eliminate the rest using the snake.

Step 2 – Snaking

Snake the pipe slowly and carefully. Fast, erratic movements of the snake might cause damage to the pipe, either scarring the inside or tearing through completely. Twist the auger end into the pipe and don’t use a snake that is too wide for drain. Smaller is far better in this case.

Step 3 – Clearing

Pull the snake out slowly once you have located and grabbed the clog into the auger. Drag the clog out carefully and then snake up the pipe once more to make sure you got the whole clog completely free of the pipe. Use the hose to swish the drain, from the bottom upward.