After the plunger, the next line of defense against stubborn clogs in your drain is a drain snake, also called an auger. Available at just about any plumbing supply store in the Tyler, Whitehouse, or Lindale area, drain snakes are perfect for reaching deep into drainpipes that are nearly impossible to get to otherwise.

Still, a lot of our customers simply don’t know how to use it. We get questions all the time from clients asking “how to snake a bathtub drain” or “how do I snake a shower drain.” The process for all of those is relatively similar; below, we’ve got some plumbing snake tips that’ll get you moving in no time.

But first, we have to issue this disclaimer: The best way to defend against clogs is to watch what you throw down the drains. We did a whole article on this, but make sure you’re not dumping plastics, grease, or anything else that can get stuck in your pipes. When it comes to your kitchen at least, a good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t put it down your throat, don’t put it down the drain.

Now for the how-to:

Plumbing Snake Tips

First, get a snake. If you don’t own one, or if you are needing a bigger one for some reason, you can either buy one at your local hardware store, or rent one from a store that offers drain snake rental. Most modern plumbing stores have these on hand (nearly all of them), so it shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on one somehow.

Once you have the right size snake for the appropriate drain, push one end of the snake into the opening and start turning the handle on the other end. It’ll slowly descend into your pipes, “snaking” its way through the corridors. Don’t be alarmed if you have to crank a little harder to get the snake around tight corners.

Keep turning the handle until you start to notice a bit of resistance. At this point, the snake will either latch on to the clog, allowing you to pull it out, or break up the debris entirely. If you don’t feel the tension relaxing, pull the snake out and you may find the clog attached to it.

After you’ve successfully cleared the clog, run water down the drain for a few minutes to ensure that all the remaining debris is gone. Whatever’s left should be down the pipes and out of your life in no time.

Pipes still clogged? Call our team at 903-566-5325 to get an estimate today!