Snaking a Drain with No Damage Snaking a Drain with No Damage

A clog is caused by a variety of things, such as human hair, pieces of food, grease etc. and there are a lot of methods you can use to remove a clog, such as drain snaking. This method is particularly effective when the clog is intense. Snaking isn’t an easy job to do, and if you don’t have any experience at all, you can cause damage to the fixture or drain.

A Deeper Clog

When dealing with clogs, first you have to establish how deep the clog is. Once determined, you then need to insert a small snake into the drain to try and reach the clog. If you don’t reach it, then you might have to use a bigger one, due to the fact that the clog is in a deeper position. Smaller types of snakes are those normally found in most households. Larger snakes are more expensive, and you may have to rent one. If you are an amateur at this, it is very likely that by using a larger snake, you will damage both the snake and the drain, so it is much better to contact a professional plumber if the clog requires a larger snake.

Manual Labor

Removing a clog by using a snake involves a lot of hard manual labor. There will also be a lot of unpleasant odors during the unclogging, so make sure to wear protective wear and a face mask. This process may take some time, and it may prove to be a very dirty task, so if you are not up to it and don’t particularly like this working environment, call in a professional plumber to finish the work.

Using the Snake

One important factor to remember while working with the snake is to learn when you should push hard and work aggressively and when you should hold back and move slowly. When you push the snake into the drain, be it a toilet drain or a sink drain, you have to do it gently until you feel that you’ve reached the clog. Once you have reached the clog, start by using the crack to dislodge the clog. If the snake gets stuck before reaching the actual clog, you have to try to back it up slowly without too much power. If it is a sink drain, just remove the trap after placing a bucket underneath, and wash away the liquid. Don’t remove the trap if you previously have used any acidic chemicals.

When using a snake, especially when using a large model, use patience. Take all of the proper precautions, and if you don’t feel confident that you can do the job properly without damaging your fixtures or drains, send for a professional plumber.

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