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Why Buy a Sewer Snake

Updated on June 21, 2010

Clogged drains are an issue for everyone. If you use your sinks for anything besides just water, you are going to have to deal with a clogged drain at least a few times in your life. I have a beard and a very fast growing head of hair. This means that I just might put a few too many hairs down my bathroom sink every day. So, of course, it gets clogged very often. Now, I not one of those people who just grabs the Drain-O every week and dumps a bunch of toxic chemicals down the drain to remove the annoyance of having a slow drain, so I decided to try a better and safer alternative. I bought a small sewer snake for $35 dollars at my local hardware store. It is manually powered, but I couldn’t justify the higher cost for the electric one.

Sewer snakes work by manually tearing the clog into smaller pieces. They achieve this by rotating the head of the snake that holds a small blade. As the blade spins, it works like a drill bit to work itself into the clog. Once the clog is chopped up into smaller pieces, water is used to flush the remnants of the clog down the drain. This is a critical point. You must make sure that you take your time when clearing a clogged drain to make sure that you have reduced the clog to the smallest pieces possible to not just move the clog further down the drain.

When using your sewer snake there are a few simple steps that you must follow. First of all, remove any obstacles to your drain cleaning endeavor. Remove the drain guard and wipe away any material that you can from the drain. Second, slowly force the snake into the drain while making sure that you keep the end rotating. You do not want to force the clog further down the drain without first tearing it up into smaller pieces. Finally, once you feel the clog adding resistance to the snake, back off a few inches by pulling the snake back out and then slowly work it back into the clog. Do this repeatedly until you feel absolutely no resistance when pushing the snake down the drain. Once you have run the snake to its’ limit down your drain, run hot water down the drain to make sure that you have removed the clog and that you have washed all of the pieces of the clog away. By properly using a sewer snake, you reduce the amount of dangerous chemicals poured down our drains and you will save money in the long run! If you are interested in other ways to save money and the environment through safer cleaning techniques, there are many websites that can help!

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