How to Use A Drain Snake

Using a drain snake can come in handy when you have a clogged sink in your home. You don’t always need to call in a plumber! You can often clear a clogged sink or tub/shower yourself with the proper tools. You can always call your local plumber to give you a hand if you get stuck or the blockage ends up being more stubborn than you can handle.

What Is a Drain Snake?

Drain snakes are long flexible cables that usually have a coiled rooter head at the very end to catch hair or other debris. Usually, the cable is 1/8th to ¼” thick and is pushed through the drain by hand into the clogged drain. It is best to push it as far as possible into the clogged area as many times as needed. The head on the end of the cable will then be able to grab or push whatever is clogging the drain.

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Some Different Types of Drain Snakes

Drain snakes usually come in a variety of types and sizes. Different sizes are used for different sizes of drains from 1.5” all the way up to 8”. They are similar in the sense that they use a long cable with a variety of head options depending on the clog. For some clogs, you may want to use an automatic rooter, especially difficult clogs that are a long way down the drain. Visit your local hardware store to look at all the options they have for drain rooters. 

Using a Drain Snake Step-By-Step

If you are unable to unclog a drain with a plunger, then you might need to use a drain snake. Here is how to use one:

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How Often Should I Get Help From an Expert Drain Cleaner?

Have you ever finished washing your dishes to find the water doesn’t drain when you pull the sink plug? How about had a shower and watched the water slowly fill the tub?

This is due to clogged drains in your home. Drains will eventually become clogged over time. If you think about it, a little bit of the food and grease from every plate goes down the drain.  This is why you don’t want to leave cleaning your drains till they clog, it will be a more costly fix and could potentially cause a lot of damage if something is to overflow and flood your home.

Having a drain cleaner’s assistance is often the only way to avoid unexpected clogs. But how often? There is more than one factor that can contribute to deciding when you need your drains cleaned such as frequency of use, the number of greasy foods you eat and how much leftovers end up down the drain.

Who Are the Most at Risk?

If you live in a brand-new home, chances are your drains are going to work perfectly (They are brand spanking new). However, if you live in an older home or apartment you are more at risk for clogged drains. Older homes have older styles of drainage which tend to be narrower and get more easily clogged. They can also collect grease and debris faster because of the materials used back in the day. Anyone can experience a clogged drain. for example, it could as simple as not scraping off the leftovers on your plate into the compost or flushing excessive amounts of toilet paper down the toilet.

The best way to keep your drains clear of clogs is regular maintenance.

How Long Does It Take for My Drains to Clog?

This is a tricky question we get all the time. There are many factors when it comes to how fast your drain will clog. It really comes down to how much you use them and the amount of grease and debris that go down them. If you love to cook and you don’t have a grate or catcher in the drain it will collect excess debris and clog faster than if you prefer to only eat out and rarely have dishes to clean. Or if you have long thick hair it will be more likely to clog your shower drain than if you have short thin hair. Drains clog faster if you have a large number of people in your home. If everyone is sharing a bathroom the usage is quite high, this will contribute to how fast your drains will clog.

The speed at which your drains will clog is different for everyone. The most important thing to keep in mind is preventing the clog in the first place. This means regular maintenance.

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Why Frequent Maintenance is Important

Maintaining your drains is beneficial to you because it will save you money in the long run. Well maintained drains will last longer, require less upkeep and repairs.  Not only will it mean fewer repairs but a maintenance drain cleaning is much less expensive than a flooded house.

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What You Need to Know About Water Main Replacements

For most homes in Victoria or Duncan BC, water main is the underground pipe system that carries water from the city water mains or well systems to your home. If you have running water you have a water main. When your water main bursts or leaks it can cause serious damage to your home or cost you a fortune on your water bill.

Why do Water Mains Burst?

Water mains are usually underground, this makes them well protected from the elements and any major external stresses. However, they are still vulnerable to cracks and pinhole leaks.

The most common causes of water main leaks are as follows:

  1. Digging or construction work
  2. Corrosion or deterioration of the water main pipe (usually copper)
  3. Freezing
  4. Natural disasters like earthquakes

Although it is rare for your water main to leak, it does happen, usually due to older water mains running in copper pipes which, deteriorates over time.

Water Main Bursts and Replacement

What To Do When A Water Main Bursts?

When a water main breaks on your property remain calm and call your plumber. The Clear Choice Plumbing offers emergency service, Call us ASAP if you are ever dealing with a flooding water main. While you are waiting for a plumber to arrive shut off your water, and do not drink your tap water or use the water at home.

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Garburator issues? You May Not Need a New Unit!

At The Clear Choice Plumbing & Heating Inc, we are dedicated to providing good service and we believe good service includes saving you as much money as possible. So before you call a plumber to fix your disposal unit, take a moment to ensure that it is actually broken. Many times plumbers are called to your home at a minimum charge and you will find out it was a simple fix that you could have easily done on your own. Below is a list of the common things we, as plumbers, run into with disposal units.

  1. The breaker has tripped – head over to your breaker panel and check to make sure the breaker has not been tripped or turned off.
  2. The unit needs to be reset – to reset a unit simply look at the bottom of the unit and you should see a red button, push it in and if you hear a click chances are you have solved the issue.
  3. The unit has jammed – to remedy this, you will first need to turn the power off at the breaker panel and then unplug the unit. Take a look inside the chamber of the unit and see if anything solid is jammed in the blades, if so carefully try to remove the object. If you cannot see anything in the chamber look to the underside of the unit, there will be a small hole in the center, you can insert a hex wrench into the hole to manually turn the blades.

If you try these three things and your garburator is still not working, please call The first Choice Plumbing & Heating Inc. to service or replace your unit.