A drain snake refers to a lengthy, elastic, metallic cable with a cone-shaped grill on the end. It’s also referred to as a plumbing snake. A household plumbing snake is small and is usually hand-powered. It is called a snake because of its comparison to a real snake. The manual hand snake can often be the best drain snake and the cheapest solution for removing the clog.
How does a drain snake work? Well, a drain is very easy to use even though you have it for the first time.
Start by laying some venerable towels and put on gloves because you will apparently be exposed to the cable after you remove it out of the drain and touching whatsoever lead to the clogging in the drain. Work gloves are preferred because the coils of the cable can grasp onto thin gloves and slit them off. Moreover, have an empty pail close by to dispose of the trash after you get it out of the drain.
Place the tool end of the snake into the drain and feed the cable in while twisting it. Work slowly and keep turning the handle on the plumbing snake as it works its way on the pipe. If you are clogging out a tub, feed the auger through the deluge drain and not the drain in the floor of the tub. You will apparently have to take out the cover to do this, but going through the overflow prevents the drain snake from moving up the air vent to the roof rather than succeeding to the drain.
The moment the snake encounters the stoppage, you will feel the cable back up. Keep craning the cable so it catches the clog. When there is a resistance against your turning, slowly pull the cable, back out and take the clog with it.
Pour some water through the drain to flush out anything the snake may have displaced; then, clean and dry your snake and put it away until the next time you decide to use it.
How long the drain snake? The first thing to look at when purchasing a drain snake is how long it is. In case you have a three story home and suspect the clog in the drain might be towards the bottom of the system, you will need to have a long cable to reach that far. A good 25-foot drain snake cable will work for most applications, but a 50-foot length will make sure that you never have to worry about running out the cable.
How to replace drain snake cable? To replace a drain snake cable, pull up the power grip shield to disengage the cable and allow the new cable to be installed easily. It takes little work to get the cable twisting in the drum. Use an up, down motion until the cable bends, and starts to install into the drum. Install all the cable you need with the grip shield in the up position. These simple steps get you ready to clean the drain.
Where should you buy a drain snake? Plumbing snakes can be bought at most your reional home improvement and hardware stores. You can also find tones of sellers of drain snakes online where you can read the reviews to make informed decisions. A little research is recommended before going out just to purchase a plumbing snake no matter how affordable it is. Another option is to keep an eye out of used drain snakes.
Can a drain snake damage pipes? If you use the wrong type or size of plumbing snake, your pipes can be damaged. There are several types of drain snakes, including mini-rooters, toilet snakes, top snakes and snakes for large drains. If you use the wrong type of drain snake for the drain line, the snake could loop back on itself or scrape the sides of the plumbing pipe, causing damage that could leak and the need to replace the piece of pipe.
If your drain snake is older, the scrape can lead to corrosion, which could negatively influence the quality of your water. Additionally, the corrosion can lead to your pipe bursting.
Moreover, if your home’s drainage system is older and made of galvanized materials, there is a very real change the steelhead of the plumbing snake can scratch the inner part of the pipe. Over time, that scratch will rust and weaken the structure of the pipe, until it bursts from the pressure. If you use motor-powered snake incorrectly, you could crack the pipe and cause a serious leak.
Why I prefer using drain snake over drain cleaner (Chemical).Drain snakes are obviously preferred to the chemical drain cleaners. Drain cleaners (chemical) can lead to the production of explosive vapors on contact with metal. Explosive reactions are also experienced with water. This can lead to delayed and immediate health problems if inhaled, contacted or ingested, including skin burns, permanent visual loss and incisive burns. They are also fatal if swallowed.
Can drain snake remove hair? Drain snakes can also be used to remove hair. To do so, drive the snake down the drain until you reach the blockade. Turn the handle and bring it back up. Finally, run water to test the drain and make sure that the clog is entirely removed.