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Drain Snaking

Drain snaking is a cleaning method that helps unclog your plumbing system when nothing else works. Drain snake which is also known as an auger is a coiled spiral tool that is one-fourth inch wide and has a handle on one end.

You have to push it into the clog and lever it to push the snake farther into the blockage. While you’re pushing the snake, some part of the clog will break and flush down the drain.

But, the snake will help you to pull out the remaining. There are electric snakes as well. They are the regular snakes but attached to an electric drill. It makes them more powerful and helps to reach the clog faster. 

Canada Rooter provides the best plumbing services with drain snaking.

What Does Drain Snaking Help With?

Drain snaking can help with the following issues:

    • Tree roots in drainpipes
    • Storm systems
    • Grease tanks & lines
    • Toilet clogs
    • Shower clogs
    • Bathtub clogs
    • Kitchen clogs
    • French or perimeter drains
    • Catch basin lines
    • Stack lines
    • Pump chambers & lines
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How Does it Work?

The basic process of drain snaking is as follows:

1. Push the Snake Down the Drain

At first, you have to push the auger down the clogged drain or pipe and twist it. the auger keeps making its way down and reaches the blockage.

2. Keep Pushing Until You Reach the Blockage

The auger needs to be pushed until a resistance is felt. Sometimes pressure needs to be applied to bend the auger around the tight curves in the pipe. After passing the curve, it glides smoothly down the pipe.

3. Rotate the Snake

Start rotating the snake until it entangles with the clog. The rotation helps to fix the tip of the snake to the clog. It can either push the clog down the pipe or pull it out.

4. Run Water

After pulling out the snake, run water with full force through the drain. This will help you to understand whether the drain has been completely cleaned.

 

Types of Drain Snakes 

1. Closet Auger

A closet auger used to clean up toilet clogs. It is comparatively shorter and has hook-shaped metal tubing. The short cable is good enough to break up or pull most of the clogs out of the toilet.

2. Hand Auger

The hand augers have narrow cables, almost one-fourth of an inch. They are used for sink and bathtub drain. They should not be used for flush toilet unclogging. Since the flush toilets have larger pipes. The narrow cable might get entangles inside.

3. Roto Auger

This is used to clean up the tree roots clogged inside a drain. The name roto-rooter comes from the way the function. They cut through the roots clogged in the drain by rotating the blades.

4. Drum Auger

A drum auger has a motor inside it and modular blades are attached to it. this helps to cut through the tree roots blocking a drain.

Why Do You Need to Snake the Drain?

Pros:

  • It is a decade-old effective method of unclogging your drain

  • It can remove most of the blockages in your plumbing system

  • Cause less damage to your pipes

  • A little easy on the old pipes

Cons:

  • The main drawback of this method is that it cannot remove all kinds of clogging

The Most Common Types of Clogs Cleaned by Drain Snake

Toilet Blockage

Toilet clogging is the most common type of drain blockage in our household. For this blockage, there is a separate auger designed only for toilet pipes. No other auger should be used as it might cause more damage to the pipes.

Bathtub Drain Blockage

Tub drains are usually blocked by the accumulation of hair. For unclogging tub drains, augers of width 1/4th or 1/8th of an inch are used.

Shower Drain Blockage

Most shower drains have a width of about 2 inches. To clean shower drains, the standard measure of an auger cable is 1/4th or 5/16th of an inch. Shower drains are clogged due to soap or hair buildup.

Washing Machine Drain Blockage

Washing machine drains often get blocked due to the buildup of fabric or soap and scrum. To clean the washing machine drain, a small standard pipe is usually used. If the blockage is further down the line, a 50-75 ft auger cable might be required.

Main Drain Blockage

Main drains are usually 3-4-inch-wide in diameter. Using a standard auger or mini rooter might not be the best choice in this case. In stead using a 5/8th or 3/4th inch cable would be better. Sewer augers can be dangerous if not used properly. So it is better to seek professional help in this case.

Conclusion

Drain snaking is a cleaning method that helps unclog your plumbing system when nothing else works. Drain snake which is also known as an auger is a coiled spiral tool that is one-fourth inch wide and has a handle on one end.

You have to push it into the clog and lever it to push the snake farther into the blockage. While you’re pushing the snake, some part of the clog will break and flush down the drain.

But, the snake will help you to pull out the remaining. There are electric snakes as well. They are the regular snakes but attached to an electric drill. It makes them more powerful and helps to reach the clog faster. 

Canada Rooter provides the best plumbing services with drain snaking.

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