How To Work A Plumbing Snake?

How do I turn my plumbing snake into a corner?

The proper way to use a snake is to insert the head into the drain and push very slowly without cranking. If you try to force it, it can bend back on itself and actually come out of the drain. Push gently and slowly, and if the auger is the right one for the job, it should slide smoothly through the pipe.

Can I snake my own drain?

The most important tool you’ll need for snaking your own drain is a hand auger. If the clog seems insignificant enough though, you might not want to go out and spend the money on such a thing. In which case, a coat hanger might very well do the job just fine.

What do you do when your drain snake doesn’t work?

If that doesn’t work, disconnect the drain trap, (again, keep a bucket handy.) These clogs can be caused by object such as a toothpaste cap or a hairband which can be quickly disposed of. If this isn’t the cause, loosen the trap arm and pull it straight out of wall. If you now see a visible obstruction, remove it.

How do you use a power snake?

Unclogging Your Drain Quick: How to Use an Electric Drain Snake

  • Step 1 – Prepare the Drain. Before you begin to use the drain cleaner, you should plug the electric snake into an available socket.
  • Step 2 – Add the Electric Drain Snake. When ready, you should then place the end of the drain snake down into the drain hole.
  • Step 3 – Feeding the Snake Down.
  • Step 4 – Removing the Snake.