If you have a clogged drain and if neither cleaning the trap nor plunging clears the clog, your final weapon is to use a drain auger or a snake as it is more commonly known. The coiled spiral snake is ¼ inch in thickness and has a handle on one side. At Orange, our plumbers are experts at basement plumbing and can unclog any drain. The plumbing snake is pushed down the drain and then cranked to push the snake further into the obstruction. This can help to break up the clog, and you can attach the snake to an electric drill, making it more powerful to force it through the clog. Drain auger is quite handy because they are long enough to reach clogs that are deep within a drainpipe.
Plumbing snakes come in a variety of sizes, the standard ones being 25-50 feet long which are used for basement plumbing. They are helpful in clearing clogs from any of the drains in the house including toilets, tubs, sink, shower drain and washing machine drains. Although unclogging drains should be left to the professionals here are a few tips that you can follow to ensure the drains don’t get clogged in the first place.
• Use a sink strainer-If the drain in your kitchen or basement does not have a strainer, garbage and foreign objects will enter the drainpipe causing blockage and clogging. Use a sink strainer to prevent garbage from entering the drainpipes.
• Don’t throw materials down the drain– Throwing materials down the drainpipe especially oily and greasy things can seem innocent going down but can harden the drainpipes and clog them. Growing roots and sticks can get stuck inside drain pipes and cause a clog in your entire basement plumbing system. This can be particularly difficult to get rid of and using a drain auger is sometimes the only option.
• Take care of the garbage disposer-When using a garbage disposer, always run cold water while the machine is chopping the garbage and after you have shut off the disposer, keep the water running for at least one minute. This flushes waste entirely out of the small sink pipe and into the larger main drainpipe where it is less likely to cause a clog.