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How to Use a Drain Auger


Clogged drains can escalate from minor inconveniences to major issues in no time. Ignoring them only worsens the situation, leading to tougher blockages, increased repair expenses, and potential water damage in your home.

A drain auger, often called a drain snake, is a specialized tool designed to tackle these blockages. It can be inserted directly into your toilet or drain to target and remove the obstruction. With this tool, you can swiftly address drain issues without incurring significant costs. But, to maximize its effectiveness, you must know how to use it properly.

  • Step-by-step instructions for using a drain auger
  • Additional tips for using a drain auger
  • Drain maintenance & best practices

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While some backups can be easily cleared with a drain auger, other situations call for professional assistance. At Red Cap Plumbing, Air & Electric, we offer high-quality drain clearing services to keep your plumbing system in prime condition. Our courteous, knowledgeable plumbers are always upfront about their prices and treat each customer like family.



Step-by-Step Instructions for Using a Drain Auger

To use your drain auger as effectively as possible, follow these steps.

  1. Prepare the auger: Before using the drain auger, check if it has a grill or cover in place. If it does, make sure to remove it before use. Next, place the end of the auger into the drain or toilet.
  2. Move it toward the clog: Rotate the handle clockwise while slowly pushing the auger further down the drain. Keep turning the handle until you reach the obstruction.
  3. Pull out the auger: Once the auger makes contact with the object in question, gently pull out the auger while being careful not to rotate the drain. The drain auger should come out cleanly, along with anything that was obstructing the drain.

If the drain is still clogged after you complete these steps, repeat each one until the clog has been fully cleared. For more severe clogs, you might need to contact a professional plumber to locate and remove the obstruction.

Additional Tips for Using a Drain Auger

To get the most out of your drain auger, you must ensure you're using it properly. Here are some additional tips to keep in mind to maximize the benefits of your auger.

Choose the Right Auger

There are various factors to consider when choosing the right auger for your needs. First, take some time to assess the severity and location of the clog. If the clog is located deep inside the pipe, it's a good idea to opt for a 50-foot cable instead of the standard 25-foot cable. You'll also want to purchase a longer auger if you live in a multistory house.

Be Patient & Avoid Overuse

It can be frustrating if the clog still won't clear after you've wrestled with the drain auger for a while. However, don't be so quick to throw in the towel. Sometimes, the step-by-step process needs to be repeated once or twice before you can finally get to the root of the issue. That said, try not to overuse your drain auger. If the clog won't budge after two or three tries, it's best to call a plumber.

Drain Maintenance & Best Practices

Now that you understand how to use a drain auger, ensure your drains are properly maintained. As a rule of thumb, avoid sending any items down the drain that could potentially lead to a clog. Examples include oil, fat, grease, hair, cleaning products, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Additionally, avoid pouring any harsh drain cleaners down your sink or toilet. These abrasive chemicals can corrode pipes and create serious damage over time.

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When a drain auger won't do the job, it's time to turn to the pros. Contact us today for reliable, high-quality plumbing service. Our on-time guarantee ensures that if we don't show up in our given time frame, we will credit you $100 toward any service with Red Cap.


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