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What to Do for Simple Plumbing Clogs

Top 3 Most Common Household Clogs

Blog Highlights

  • A clogged drain or pipe is a common household problem
  • To use the snake, feed it down the drain and use the crank to send it deeper into the pipe
  • For more stubborn clogs, you should probably stop and call a professional

We’ve all been there standing at the sink or tub as water accumulates, unable to drain. A clogged drain or pipe is a common household problem. Rather than call a plumber, why not use a snake to fix your plumbing problem?

A snake or drain auger is a long bendable metal coil that can be used manually or connected to a power source. It easily dislodges simple clogs and can return your plumbing to its proper functioning levels.

How to Use a Snake

Before grabbing the snake, try a plunger first. Sometimes the vacuum created by a plunger is enough to remove the clog. If this doesn’t work, invest in a snake. The snake is about ¼ inch thick and can extend down into the drain to reach most clogs. You can find plastic snakes at your local hardware store. These types of snakes remove hair and small clogs.

To use the snake, feed it down the drain and use the crank to send it deeper into the pipe. Once the snake hits the clog, the circular motion will help to break it up and will make it possible for you to pull the clog out.

Once you have the clog out of the drain, clear the debris and run the faucet or flush the toilet to ensure the pipe is completely cleared.

For more stubborn clogs, you should probably stop and call a professional. Sometimes homeowners can do more harm than good if the clog is serious. A professional plumber will have a special more heavy-duty drain snake and will be careful not to damage your plumbing. If there is damage to the pipes due to the clog, a plumber will be able to perform the necessary repairs.