How to Snake Your Own Drains
We recommend that you always hire a licensed contractor when you need repairs in order to be sure further damage is not done. But in case you are the DIY type, here are some tips to help you get it done.
- Make sure you have the tools required for the job which could include a hand auger, bucket, gloves, a towel or rags, flashlight, and maybe even a wire coat hanger.
- Learn to use the hand auger properly. There is a technique for using these tools, often including pushing with turning in a clockwise manner. Make sure that when you reach the clog if you are unable to break it up that you attempt to hook the blockage and pull it up out of the drain.
- Use boiling water. Heat up water in a tea kettle or pot until right before the boiling point, and then pour it down the drain. This can be repeated and wil often help to break up a clog. This can be done before or after snaking to increase its efficiency.
- Try a homemade remedy. Mix vinegar and baking soda and pour it down the pipe in order to help break up a clog. This can be done if the boiling water is not effective enough.
- Store bought chemicals. If nothing above works and the hand auger isn't effective enough alone, then perhaps you can resort to one of the draino/liquid plumber varieties. While these chemicals should be a last resort due to their toxic nature, they are often very effective.