How to Snake a Clogged Drain

Few things are more irritating than taking a shower or washing your face with the water piling up at the drain. Snaking a clogged drain, however, is not very difficult. The video will show you how, in fact, this is an easy job for a DIYer to take care of.

The key for doing this task yourself is having a manual auger and snake, along with a screwdriver and gloves to protect your hands from bacteria. The first step is removing any debris that is blocking the drain and unscrewing the drain cover, if applicable. Once you pop off the drain cover, then simply insert the snake and guide it down the drain to where the drain bends. If this is where the clog is, hook the clog and pull it out.

If this doesn’t work, attach the snake to your manual auger, turn it clockwise about ten times while holding the trigger. The key is to keep holding the trigger until you see water flowing freely. Once the water starts to flow, then pull the snake out with the auger and replace the drain cover. If you’re pulling out hair or other debris like that, a great way to prevent these types of clogs would be to cover the drain with a hair catcher.

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