Having sink plumbing problems? Use a plumber's snake!
Using a snake on sink plumbing problems
By Angela Tague
Clogged drains seem to happen at the most inconvenient times: while preparing dinner, when guests are visiting and when it's time to leave for the day. Luckily the long, flexible steel tubing of a plumber's snake, also known as a hand auger, can remedy a sink plumbing problem in just a few minutes.
Step 3: Unwind the coiled tubing of the snake by twisting the handle clockwise. Continue unreeling the plumber's snake until it meets the clog and won't protrude any deeper into the drain.
Step 4: Break up the debris causing the sink plumbing problem by twisting the handle of the snake one full turn to the left, then one full turn to the right. Repeat this process several times. The barbs on the end of the snake will disrupt the clog.
Step 5: Wind the snake back into its housing by turning the handle counterclockwise. Pieces of the debris causing the clog will likely be attached to the end of the snake. When the end of the tool becomes visible, place it in a bucket and use your gloved-hands to remove the clog.
Step 6: Watch for the sink to drain. If the water goes down, rinse the pipes with a steady stream of hot water. This will wash away loosened pieces of the clog. Then, rinse, sanitize and dry the snake.
If the plumber's snake doesn't remove the clog after a few tries, it's time to call a professional plumber in the Atlanta area. Your clog may be a sign of more involved plumbing issues, such as tree roots growing into the pipes or deteriorating pipes.
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