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What is a Drain Snake and How Do You Use it?

If you are experiencing a slow draining or clogged drain, it may be time to use a drain snake. Most slow-draining issues are caused by soft debris like a build-up of hair and soap. With a drain snake, the clog can be snagged up and removed easily.

What is a drain snake?

A drain snake is a metal cable wrapped into a protective drum used to dislodge clogs. This can be manually unraveled into a drain or unraveled with a drill. As the cable uncoils into the drain, it can snag the clog or push it through.

When do you use a drain snake? 

Use a snake drain when your shower, tub, or sink drain starts draining slowly or not at all. This type of clog is typically caused by hair buildup or soap residue. If you have already tried using chemicals or a plastic snake and it didn’t solve the clog, then it is probably time to use a drain snake.

How do you use a drain snake?

If you are working with a sink drain, remove the p-trap before beginning. If you are working with a tub or shower drain, remove the drain cover.

  1. Start by manually extending the cable of the drain snake into the drain pipe by using the screw to release the coil.
  2. Once you feel the obstruction, tighten the thumbscrew to snag the clog.
  3. Remove the cable slowly to retrieve the clog.
  4. Repeat this process until you feel the drain is cleared.
  5. Replace the drain cover or p-trap and test the drain.
  6. Clean the cable in the drain snake before retracting it and storing away, otherwise, it will become rusted.

When to call a professional & Pristine Plumbings services

If you suspect this is the issue you’re having, but you don’t have access to a drain snake, it’s probably time to call a plumber. If you’re in the Orange County area, call the professionals at Pristine Plumbing to help remove the clog in your drain.

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