Unclogging Sinks with a Drain Snake Unclogging Sinks with a Drain Snake

What You'll Need
Rubber Gloves
Drain Snake

While there are many ways to get rid of a clog in a kitchen sink, a drain snake is arguably the best solution. Unlike plungers, drain snakes thoroughly remove the materials clogging a drain. A plunger will only make a hole in the weakest part of the clog, leaving most of the clog behind. Unlike chemical cleaners, drain snakes do not involve harsh chemicals or potentially dangerous fumes. What follows should give you all of the information you need to get your kitchen sink unclogged.

Step 1 - Getting Ready

Before you begin, put on a pair of rubber gloves. This will help to protect your hands, as well as helping you grip the drain snake, which may get slippery and hard to operate once water gets on it.

First, put the drain unclogging end of the drain snake into your sink's drain, while holding the other end by the handle. Be careful, because it is possible to scratch your sink with the drain snake. Take your time and be as accurate as possible.

Once you have the drain snake inserted in the drain of your kitchen sink, give the crank of the drain snake a few turns so that the drain cleaning apparatus moves into your drain. Do this slowly, and be sure that you do not force the crank if it is difficult to turn. Once you have turned the crank a few times, turn on the water in your kitchen sink. Allow the sink to fill partly. This puts pressure on the clog, makes it obvious when it breaks or weakens, and helps to carry pieces of it that separate down your drain.

Step 2 - Using the Snake

At this point, the only thing you have left to do is operating the snake. Hold the drain snake steadily and turn the handle. Again, do this slowly, because you do not want to damage your drain. Eventually, the drain snake will hit your clog. When this happens, it will become difficult to turn the crank. This is why it is important not to force the crank to turn. When you strike the clog, turn the crank carefully in the opposite direction to retract the drain snake out of your drain. Once it is completely out of the drain, you may pick it up and set it aside.

The end of the drain snake should have part of the clog attached to it. Clean it off with your rags and throw it away. Once you have done this, start over again. Put the snake back down your drain, then turn the crank carefully until it strikes the clog again, remove it just as carefully, and clean the end.

You will know that you are done when the water you have put in the sink drains on its own. Since it is likely that the sink will start to drain slowly as the clog weakens, it is best to be thorough and use the drain snake once after you think you are done.

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