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“I’ve tried everything, and I just can’t clear that blockage.”
“Have you tried using a drain snake? Works every time!”
Plenty of people have had a conversation just like this, but their minds went blank when they heard the reference to a drain snake. No, it’s not a new species of our slithery foes that you might tread on in long grass. You don’t have to be scared of a drain snake! No need to scream for help with this. Actually, with a drain snake, you’ll be screaming in victory alone. Believe it or not, it’s your next answer to that stubborn clogs you have. The drain snake is a handy innovation that expert plumbers and homeowners swear by for clearing stubborn pipe blockages.
It gets confusing that there are different types of drain snakes. One Google search will depict a strange motored device on wheels, more commonly known as a plumbers eel, a plumbing eel, or an electric eel.
However, the electric eel is just the big brother to the more common hand-held drain snake Bunnings might stock on the shelves. The basic principle is the same with the run-of-the-mill drain snake and the heftier electric eel – and that fundamental principle is the flexible coils or cables that are wiggled down a drain to remove any stubborn blockages.
But in this article, we are focusing on the drain snake. You should consider this tool as the middle ground between using a plunger and calling in the blocked drain experts from Gold Coast Plumbing Company!
Firstly, if you are not confident with this or have not done something similar, it might be best to stay away from the plumbing snake. Yes, they’re great at unclogging drains. But if you do not use it correctly, you could damage your pipes and create a much bigger and costlier problem.
You need to know how a drain snake works to understand the risk. It’s a long flexible stretch of coiled cables with a handle or crank on one end and a corkscrew-like open spring on the other. It works by being inserted into the drain and then uncoiled with the handle – until eventually it reaches and breaks through whatever is causing the blockage.
So if you’re game, here’s how to use a drain snake:
To use the plumbing snake correctly to unclog your drain, you’ll need to manually feed the end of it into the pipe or drain. If it’s stubborn – don’t force it.
Use the handle to start unravelling the coil to feed deeper and deeper into the pipe. Don’t do your unwinding too fast or too slowly, but when you feel a little resistance, don’t freak out – you might have reached the point of the blockage.
If you’re pretty sure you have reached the clogged drain pipe, wind the handle forwards a little bit and then backwards a little bit – and repeat this process over and over. This action will help break up the blockage, but if you hear noises in the pipe that sound unusual or harsh, you may be attacking the actual pipe – so back off a little and try again.
Once the back-and-forth handle winding has been done for a while and you no longer feel any resistance, the blockage in your drain pipe is probably now clear. Rewind the drain snake up, being particularly careful when the head reaches the top of the pipe once again.
How’s your drain? Is that water going down perfectly now? If so, well done – you’re a real pro at this drain snake business!
If you’ve tried all possible methods to unclog your drains and you still have a blockage or you have recurring blockages, there’s only one thing left to do – call in Gold Coast Plumbing Company professionals. Our team of professionals have all the tools and equipment needed to unclog your stubborn drains.
Every equipment and chemical agent that we utilise is exceptionally safe. We do not use any toxic chemicals that would be unsafe or damaging to your pipelines.
We’ll try a plunger to unblock your drain at the initial stage. But if it doesn’t work, we’ll use other upgraded tools. We’ll use drain cameras to detect the problem, and it’s for free. We only want to ensure accuracy and efficiency in our findings to serve you better.
Dealing with a slow draining and blocked drains? Don’t add this to your other plumbing problems and call for our professional service today.
Our plumbers are all fully qualified, insured, friendly, and ready to tackle any blockage or plumbing problem – big or small. We’ve got a full range of plumbing services to cater to your plumbing issues. Our experienced plumbers know what to do with all your plumbing needs. Call today and ask about our lifetime workmanship guarantee. Happy drain snaking!