Snakes aren’t popular with most people. They’re slithery, slimy, and not the most cuddly of pets. When there are clogged drains, however, the popularity of snakes skyrockets. Everyone wants a snake now! That’s because we’re discussing metal plumbing snakes and their equivalents, drain augers. If you’ve never heard of them, odds are you’ll need one to unclog a toilet or a sink drain. So please let us provide you with a brief auger and snake instruction.
Many people believe they are the same and have certain similarities. They both serve the same purpose: to unclog drains ranging from mild to significant obstructions. In terms of functionality, they are comparable. Depending on the application, both feature a drum and may hold a few feet or hundreds of feet of hose. They are available as a crank, cordless, or plug-in power drill.
Drain augers are often slightly more comprehensive than drain snakes. They are intended for usage outside the home, such as unclogging a clogged sewage drain. They feature longer hoses and may be used on 1.5 to 3 inches pipes. The drain auger performs a similar function and is as simple as twisting the hose to reach the place you need to access. Some drain augers, such as a bulb drain auger, can have various attachments and tips. These may be used for multiple reasons and in a variety of settings.
Plumbing snakes are often smaller and designed to clear obstructions within the home. They are slim and flexible, allowing them to remove drain obstructions that a plunger cannot. Plumbing snakes frequently feature a helix-shaped hook with a more expansive space between the coils. As the user, you must turn a crank to move the hook through the pipe to locate the clog’s obstruction. The plumbing snake should quickly remove the clog if the block is made of shreddable material.
When Is It Necessary to Use a Drain Snake?
Larger pipes, such as your toilet or shower drain, require the use of a drain auger. An auger is used for lines that are 1-1/2′′-3′′ in diameter, whereas a plumbing snake is for strings that are 1-1/4′′-2′′ in diameter. Drain augers are lengthy tools that resemble snakes. They may be poured down a drain or toilet to clear a clog. Unlike most snakes, drain snakes have a rubber cover to protect drains and toilets from scratching. This gadget is ideal for cleaning bathroom drains like showers, bathtubs, and restrooms. Remember to include garbage disposals, kitchen drains, and exterior plumbing. It may also be quite valuable for tough blockages that require extra effort.
Instructions for Using a Drain Auger Around the House:
- Insert the drain auger into the toilet or drain.
- Insert the end of your drain snake into the drain or directly into your toilet. If your drain has a cover or grill, you must first remove it before inserting it.
- Turn the drain snake’s handle clockwise and press carefully.
- Continue turning the handle as you carefully push the drain auger into the toilet or shower drain until you reach the obstruction. The auger handle is made against the protective sheath. If the snake comes upon a thing, it will try to snag it.
- Pull the clog out of the drain without turning it once you’ve located it with the drain auger.
- This ensures that only the drain auger and the things clogging the drain are removed cleanly.
- Rep these three processes until the drain is free of clogs.
When Is It Necessary to Use a Plumbing Snake?
Plumbing snakes occupy a middle ground between plungers and drain augers. If a plunger isn’t working to clear a clog, you’ll need to use a snake. That is the natural next step. Snakes are a far more powerful drain cleaning tool than traditional plungers. However, they’re also a little riskier to utilize. Before sending in more powerful technology, such as a drain auger, the plumbing snake is generally the first step in eliminating any drain obstructions. If you don’t use your plumbing snake correctly, you risk ripping your drain pipes and causing leaks. That is why it is critical to understand how your plumbing snake works and use it effectively.
You’ll feel more at ease using drain augers and plumbing snakes now that you understand the distinctions between them. Also, remember that nothing shows you have to unclog it yourself with any instrument in the case of a blockage. If you feel more comfortable phoning us, we’d be pleased to come out and assist you. After many years as a family-owned business, we can guarantee our services.