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4 Snakes For Your Plumbing Drains

by April Rivera

Clogged drains can cause big problems in a household. Do you know how to handle the different kinds of drain clogs that could occur in your home? Do you have any plumbing snakes to use to free the drains quickly? Here, you'll learn about the different types of drain snakes so you know exactly what you should have on hand and what you'll need to do to unclog those drains quickly.

1. 2. Toilet Snake

A toilet snake is a must-have for all homes. Oftentimes, you'll be able to free a clogged toilet with minimal effort – as long as you have the right tool.

Toilet snakes are designed specifically for unclogging toilets without damaging them. The toilet snake has a short cable with an auger bit on it and a handle with a crank. The auger bit is fed down into the toilet drain and the handle is cranked gently. As the auger bit turns, the debris clogging the toilet breaks up and eventually works its way down the drain.

Hand Snake

Hand snakes are another must-have item for every home; this type of snake is used to free drains in your sink, shower, and bathtub. Many hand snakes also have a crank on one end, an auger on another and they can be found in various lengths.

The auger bit is fed down into the drain, the handle is cranked and the clog is gently broken up with each turn.

3. Motorized Hand Snake

Motorized hand snakes are a lot like hand snakes, but they have a small motor built into them or they can attach to a power drill. It is used in the same manner as the hand snake, but instead of having to use man-power to turn the auger bit in the drain, the motor does it for you. This is used to free those very difficult clogs.

Motorized hand snakes should not be used in toilets. They can cause the porcelain to crack and cause a bigger problem for you to tend to.

4. Motorized Drum Snake

Motorized drum snakes aren't found in many residential settings. They are typically only used by professional plumbers to unclog main pipes – not interior drains. These machines can cut through tree roots and other heavy-duty obstructions, but they can also cause a lot of damage to the pipes if you don't know what you're doing while using it.

Always keep your local plumber's contact information handy. If your efforts to unclog the drains fail, you always have your plumbing contractor to call for assistance.