When there’s a clogged drain in your home, try using a plunger on it. If that doesn’t work, try pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down it. If your drain is still clogged, you try using a plumbing snake before you need to call a plumbing company for assistance.
What Is a Plumbing Snake?
A plumbing snake is a metal coil that’s flexible enough to move through your plumbing system. It has an augur on one end that can catch and pull out clogs. The other end has a handle you use to twist to insert the coil. Many cost $5-$25 at a home improvement store. The more expensive ones are longer, sturdier and last longer.
Most clogs form not far from the drain. A plumbing snake is great at getting these clogs out of your plumbing system. If the clog is a long way down the pipe, you’ll need to call a plumber.
Gideon Plumbing in Duncan, BC, can help you with clogged drains. We offer a 24-hour emergency service for when your problem can’t wait.
Feed the Plumbing Snake Into the Drain
Begin by slowly feeding the plumbing snake into the clogged drain. Don’t push hard or force the snake, as that can damage the pipe. Feed the cable until it’s hit resistance.
Crank the Handle
Once the cable has hit the blockage, you may need to crank the handle or wiggle the plumbing snake to break through it. The clog will either break up or the tip will have gone through and snagged it.
Clear the Blockage
At this point, simply crank the opposite way to wind the plumbing snake back out of the drain. You can now test the drain to see if it’s clear.
At Gideon Plumbing, we offer drain cleaning, repair and installation services. Other services we offer include fixture installs, water and sewer pumps, repiping, water softeners and water heaters. We can also help you with sewer, perimeter drains and more. Please call today to schedule an appointment.