You can poke at it with a stick, pour it full of hot water, and even reach out for those chemical drain cleaners you already know are not going to work. However, when you really have a clogged drain, none of these outdated remedies will do the trick. As a homeowner, it often becomes your responsibility to take on the role of a plumber to try and tackle those crazy clogs that just will not budge. Here are a few handy tools you should have in your collection just in case the situation does arise and you become in charge of drain cleaning in your home.
Sometimes, clogs created by food or other particles can be pushed through with a nice burst of condensed air. A drain opener operates in this fashion with a rubberized head that creates a tight seal over the drain opening and with the push of a button, the drain opener boosts a large push of air through the drain. In some cases, this is enough to loosen whatever it is that is clogging the drain. However, caution should be used with the drain opener because a tightly clogged drain can be damaged by too much pressure.
The plumbing snake is a simple coiled cable, made of flexible steel, that contains a grabbing claw at one end, The snake can be uncoiled into a drain and worked manually to try and grab any debris that may be in the way. With a little time, you may be able to loosen things that have accidentally been flushed down the toilet or allowed to slip down your sink drain.
Augers are one of the most highly regarded drain openers in the industry because they have the capability of reaching down inside of a drain and plucking out what may be buried out of site. While augers and snakes are often referred to as the same thing, they are actually quite different. Augers are connected to a heavy duty power source that will push the wire cable deep in the drain and the heads to the auger are often interchangeable. Snakes on the other hand are a simple operating cable that is unwound and pushed down into a drain manually.
When it comes down to it, drain cleaning can be one of the most frustrating plumbing issues you face as a homeowner. Having the right tools on hand can help for simple drainage problems, but it is often well worth it to hire a professional plumber at places like 2 Guys Plumbing and Heating Inc. for help.