Not every obstruction drain stubbornly requires the assistance of a professional plumber. There are few tools that every homeowner should have on hand in case of a clogged drain or toilet. The required tool depends on the type of drainage and the severity of the obstruction.
In most cases, drains can be removed quickly, although it may take some strength at its end. If you are unable to uncover the drains using these tools then it may be time to call the professionals.
- Use a plunger as a first attempt to clean a clogged drain. The plunger not only works with toilets and sink drains and whirlpool. Create a seal around the drain with the plunge and push down the handle. It may take several tries to force clear drainage. If the drain does not clear or the obstruction is lower, you may need a different tool.
- Use a plumber’s snake for deeper clogs. A snake plumber is a hand-wound steel spiral that is “snaked” down the drank by crank to dislodge the source of the obstruction. Crank up a little cable, aim the auger down the crank and continue to crank out the cable until you can go no further. Twist the cable and return the snake coil back through the drain along with the obstruction. For sinks, you will have to go through the cleaning trap under the sink, and not directly through the sink drain.
- Use a drill cabinet for deep soaking clogs. Auger cabinet is similar to the snake plumber hand except that the steel coil is encased in a 2- to 3-foot pipe with a curved end that fits into the toilet drain. Be inclined to make your way right through the toilet drain. Once the head is aligned in the drain, rotate the cable out again and into the drain. Keep starting until the obstruction is resolved. If the obstruction is pushed through, you should wash the drain. If it is unable to push through, return to the coil cable and it should be brought back with the snake.