A DIY Guide to Drain Cleaning with an Auger
When you have a clogged drain, getting it back to working order is of utmost importance. Instead of using caustic or environmentally harmful chemicals to get rid of the clog, cleaning out a clogged drain with an auger is a more ecologically conscious choice and a cost effective one as well. Drain augers require a bit of elbow grease to use, but they can get through most minor clogs. Our team of professionals at Waldman Plumbing and Heating explains how to use a drain snake or auger to clean out stubborn clogs.
1. Remove the drain cover. You may need a screwdriver to unscrew it.
2. Put on safety goggles and thick rubber work gloves. The auger may loosen messy clogs that could splash into your face.
3. Use firm pressure to guide the auger down the drain, twisting it as your feed it. Once you feel it stick, you have located the clog. Push and twist the auger as vigorously as possible to break through the clog.
4. Once the auger is all the way through the clog, remove the auger and clean it. Turn on the hot water and allow hot water to flow through the drain for 5 to 10 minutes. This will rinse away any clog remnants.
5. Maintain clog-free drains by using sink traps to catch solid and stringy debris, avoid sending items such as hygiene products, tissues and fibrous food waste down the sink and auger each of your drains about every three months to keep it clean.
If you have tried to clean your drain with an auger yet you are still having plumbing problems due to a clogged drain, our team of professionals at Waldman Plumbing and Heating will get your drains running in no time. We offer same day and emergency drain cleaning service in Beverly. We are dedicated to providing you with the best plumbing and heating services in the area. When you need professional assistance getting your drains to properly work, call us today at (781) 780-3184 and 978-666-4356 to schedule your drain repair appointment.