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How to clear a Drain Clog

Drain problems are a part of every household, no matter who you are. However, clearing out a drain clog isn’t as difficult as you make it out to be as there are several ways to carry out this task.

One of these methods requires the use of a plumbing snake (also known as drain and closet augers), and so here are the steps involved in clearing out a drain clog by this method:

Step #1: Before you begin, put on a pair of rubber gloves and push the cable of the drain auger into the drain while turning its handle clockwise – all the while repositioning the handle as you feed it into the drain.

Step #2: As soon as you feel auger in contact with the blockage, continue turning and pull the cable back so as to dislodge the blockage. This must be done until the auger goes through the blockage completely.

Step #3: Now try to pull the blockage out through the pipe, and in doing so, you might have a messy job on your hands. So, keep a bucket ready for the muck while pulling the cable back through a heavy-duty rag.

Step #4: If you aren’t able to unclog the drain, then try to find a branch or main cleanout and repeat the procedure. In both cases, you will have to carry a bucket to capture the waste and water, which might gush out. Of course, if the clog isn’t in the branch, it’ll probably be located in the main waste.

Step #5: If none of these methods work, it’s time to call a plumber.