How Plumbing Snakes Work

Plumbers often use plumbing snakes (also known as augers) to clear out clogs in drains. Plumbing snakes are also available from rental stores or home improvement stores, making it possible for homeowners to use them to (sometimes) get clogged toilets and sinks flowing again.

What They Do

Plumbing snakes have a crank on one end and a cable on the other. This cable looks like (and more or less is) a flexible drilling bit. Most plumbing snakes are about 3 feet in length. They come either straight (for sinks) or with a J-shaped bend (for toilets). The idea behind a plumbing snake is that you put one end into a clogged drain and then crank the cable to extend it. By doing this, you can push a clog out of the way so that the water can drain freely again.

Benefits of Using a Plumbing Snake

When a plunger doesn’t have sufficient power to clear out a clog, a plumbing snake just might be able to do the job. The benefit of this approach is that you can use a plumbing snake yourself without having to call in a professional. Even if it doesn’t work, the plumbing snake will allow you to know that you have a serious issue that needs to be addressed. For instance, if the plumbing snake encounters a clog it can’t get past, this might mean that a tree root has penetrated the line. In that case, you will need to hire a plumber to address the problem.

If you can’t clear out the clog in your drain using a plumbing snake or would prefer to let someone else do it, contact your local plumbing contractor in Greencastle IN.


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