How does a snake clean out a drain?

Answer Drain snakes, also known as closet augers, are an important tool for any plumber or homeowner. What snakes do to remove clogs from drains may seem mysterious, but their function is simple to unders... Read More »

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How to Snake a Drain?

There are 2 types of plumbing snakes: drain augers and closet augers. Drain augers are more common for snaking your own drain. Closet augers are smaller and mostly used for getting past a toilet tr... Read More »

How do I snake a drain?

Insert the AugerPlace a bucket and lay towels in the work area beneath the sink to collect any water and debris. Remove the drain cover or pop-up stopper, and place the head of the plumbing snake, ... Read More »

How do I use a drain snake?

Insert the SnakeRemove the drain cover if necessary. Push the plumber's snake into the clogged drain. Feed it in until you feel it stop or push up against the blockage.TwistTwist the snake by hand,... Read More »

How do I use a drain snake in a shower?

Unscrew the screen covering the drain in your shower using a flathead screwdriver. Use a bent clothes hanger wire to fish out hair and soap scum as deep as you can. Use the cable auger, also known ... Read More »