Here’s how you can use a snake to fix your plumbing problems. First let’s define what we mean by a “snake.” To professional plumbers, a snake is also called a drain auger. This long, bendable metal coil can either be used manually or it comes in a power version.
When faced with a clogged drain, your first offense is a good plunger. Creating a good vacuum and then forcing air into it with a plunger, is often all you need to do the trick. However, every once is a while a tough clog won’t release with just a plunging action.
This is where the professional plumbers snake slithers in. The snake, which is usually about 1/4 inch think, is made to extend down into the drain to reach the root of the clog and push it forward. Plumbing experts like our Len The Plumber professionals, have special drain augers that are powerful enough to grapple with stubborn stuck clogs.
Homeowners can get their hands on plastic models that are capable of getting rid of difficult hair clogs, but aren’t strong enough to crack piping if used too forcefully. It’s important when using a plumbing snake to have a bucket on hand to collect the cause of the clog. It’s also advisable to wear protective goggles especially if you’ve already poured a chemical drain cleaner down the pipe.
To use the snake, slowly feed the snake down into the drain and use the crank to move it deeper. As the snake meets the clog the rotation of the coil will help to break up the clog and also entangle it in the coil so you can pull it out with the snake.
Detach the debris from the coil and run the faucet or flush the toilet to make sure the drain is completely clear.
If you’ve struggled to clear a clog, and your snake is coiled up hissing in the corner, it’s time to call in professional plumbers. Sometimes a homeowner can do more damage to their plumbing by underestimating a clog or forcing a clog deeper into the drain.
The experts at Hansen’s Plumbing have professional-grade augers that can powerfully clear a clog that a common snake won’t touch.
Occasionally, a clog comes with some pipe issues that require advanced tools. If that is happening at your home, you need the expertise and experience of professional plumbers who have the advanced tools to diagnose the problem and get the job done. The Len The Plumber team can accurately diagnose your plumbing problem with a video pipe inspection. Call Hansen’s Plumbing for professional plumbers who will get the job done right in California.
At Hansen’s Plumbing, it is our job to care about Ventura drain service 365 days a year. But for most homeowners, the drains only seem to be a concern when things start to go awry. Some problems are big and some are small, but you can avoid major damage by educating yourself on the warning signs that usually signal drain service is ahead.
This is the most common red flag and it could mean any number of things. Some blockages are caused by hygiene products, hair or other foreign objects. But some are related to drain pipe problems and those are the ones you should be concerned about. If you start to hear a slight gurgling noise when you flush the toilet, this is not something you should ignore. This is your home telling you that either your main drain pipe or one of its branches is not working properly. While you might not listen to your spouse, these words from your drains are to be taken seriously.
If you have a tree in your yard that has been there for awhile, it could be threatening your drain pipes line. If it penetrates the walls, it could mean expensive problems for you. This is why we suggest that all of our customers have regular video inspections of their drain pipes. This will help us solve problems like tree root damage before they get out of control.
If you have a family of 4 or 5, odds are you are using your drains and plumbing far more than a single person would. This means you have to do drain and plumbing maintenance more frequently than others. This includes pipe inspection, drain service and informing young children of what should and shouldn’t go down the drain.
You don’t have to go at it alone. The plumbing and drain service experts at Hansen’s Plumbing have been servicing the Ventura area for years. We have seen it all and we would love to help you minimize the impact of drain and plumbing related problems.We have the best Ventura drain service.