Drain Snake Tutorial – Steve Huff Plumbing

Drain Snake Tutorial
Unblock Your Clogged Drains

Is your sink, bathtub, or shower draining slowly or backing up completely? A clogged drain can be a frustrating household problem. But before you call a plumber, consider tackling it yourself with a drain snake! A drain snake, also known as a plumbing auger, is a long, flexible metal cable that can be inserted into drains to break up and remove clogs. However, it’s important to use the tool correctly to avoid damaging your pipes. Follow Steve Huff Plumbing’s step-by-step drain snake tutorial and get your drains flowing freely again!

What You’ll Need:

  • Drain snake (manual or powered)
  • Bucket or trash can
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Towels (optional)

Drain Snake Tutorial Steps:

Drain Snake Tutorial
Drain Snake Tutorial
  1. Prepare the Work Area: Place a bucket or trash can under the drainpipe to catch any water or debris that may come out. If necessary, use towels to protect the floor from splashes.
  2. Assemble the Drain Snake (if required): Some drain snakes require assembly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to properly connect the handle and auger cable.
  3. Insert the Drain Snake: Carefully feed the auger cable down the drain opening. You may encounter some resistance as the cable navigates the bends and curves of the pipes. Continue feeding the cable until you feel resistance, indicating you’ve reached the clog.
  4. Break Up the Clog: Once you’ve reached the clog, use the crank handle (or power button on a powered model) to rotate the cable. The auger will break up the clog and allow it to pass through the pipes. If you’re using a manual drain snake, you may need to feed the cable in short bursts and then rotate the crank handle to break through tough clogs.
  5. Remove the Drain Snake: Slowly pull the drain snake back out of the drain, removing the clog material with it. Be sure to remove the entire cable to avoid leaving any pieces lodged in the pipes.
  6. Test the Drain: Once you’ve removed the drain snake, turn on the faucet and observe the water flow. The drain should be clear and flowing freely. If the clog persists, repeat steps 3-5.

Safety Tips:

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using your drain snake.
  • Never force the drain snake if it meets too much resistance. (This could indicate a more serious clog that requires professional attention.)
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp objects or debris.
  • Be mindful of splashes and spills when using the drain snake.
Drain Snake Tutorial
Unclog Your Drains Fast!

Calling a Plumber:

If you’ve followed these steps and are still unable to clear the clog, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Licensed plumbers like Steve Huff Plumbing have the experience and equipment to handle tough clogs or clogs located deep within the plumbing system.

Using a drain snake can be an effective way to tackle common drain clogs and save money on plumbing costs. By following this tutorial and safety tips, you can unclog your drains like a pro! However, if you encounter any difficulties or suspect a more serious plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to call Steve Huff Plumbing