Clogs in your drains can become a pestering problem and be hard to remove. You may think of a plunger or immediately call a plumber to fix the problem. Using a plumbing snake can actually help you fix the problem faster and handle major clogs. S&B Plumbing wants to give you the tools to handle your plumbing when needed. Here is more about renting a plumbing snake and how to use one properly.
When A Plumbing Snake Is Necessary
If you are experiencing any backup with drains or toilets, you can and should use a plumbing snake. Slow draining is the most common reason that people rent a plumbing snake because there is hair, grease, or other debris that has built up inside the drain.
If you have used a plunger to help suck out and remove the clog, but it is not working, a plumbing snake will help to reach farther into the pipe and remove the clog. For deep clogs, plumbing snakes are recommended, or calling a plumber to help identify exactly where the clog is located.
Stubborn blocks can make it hard to wash your hands, use the restroom, or use your sink properly. The sooner you work to remove the clog, the better results you will have. Clogs left for too long could lead to you having to replace pipes or the whole system.
Steps To Using A Plumbing Snake
There are two options for plumbing snakes but have similar steps.
Using A Cable Auger
Start with the coiled end of the snake and place this end into the drain. Crank the handle to unwind the snake while guiding it into the pipe. Continue to turn the handle until the snake catches or stops. This most likely means you have reached the clog. Rotate the coiled end so that it will attach to the material that caused the clog or break it up.
Once you feel you have grabbed the clog, rotate the handle to rewind the snake and pull up the obstruction. Run hot water down the drain to remove remaining debris and clogs. This process may need to be repeated multiple times until you remove all the debris that is causing the blockage.
Mostly used for toilets, closet augers have a tip that needs to be facing up in order to maneuver it properly. Make sure to hold the auger steady, slowly crank the handle until all of the snake is released, and lower the snake through the pipe. Once the snake is fully released, slowly start to reel it back in, while simultaneously pulling the shaft.
After this process, test your toilet to see if it will flush. You may need to repeat the process a few times to fully dislodge the clog.
When To Call S&B
If you have fully extended the length of your plumbing snake and have not been able to reach the clog, it is best to call a plumber. Sometimes, slow draining or drain problems are not caused by clogs, but by obstructions. Roots will need to be removed and the pipe will need to be replaced in order for water and waste to drain effectively.
If you have tried multiple options and you are not satisfied with the condition of your drains, it is best to call a pro.
Working With Our Plumbers
Our family-owned business works hard to serve your family. With our around-the-clock services, you can have peace of mind about the plumbing in your home. S&B Plumbing offers emergency plumbing services as well as services for repairs and installations.
We know that plumbing issues can become frustrating, so it is best to call our experts as soon as you start experiencing a problem. Our business has grown to serve more homes and more communities in the Northern Utah area. Contact us to schedule a service today.