As many of them are not skilled in the use of a drain snake Toronto residents sometimes end up making a big mess. Worse, sometimes all the work that caused the mess still fails to remove the clog. The homeowner ends up with a stinking mess in addition to a service bill from the plumber. It does not take very much to learn to use a drain snake Toronto homeowners usually have at home. Websites such as that for DIY Network provides a lot of information about plumbing repairs and installation.
All work that requires the use of drain snakes involve at least a bit of mess – mess cannot be totally avoided. But that is not to say that most mess can be minimized so that it does not contaminate large areas of the house. It just takes proper precautions, preparations and the right technique. Here are the steps for properly using a drain snake and containing the mess:
- Prepare safety equipment first: Drains contain a lot of substances which pose serious health hazards. Thus it is best to use rubber gloves. For more intensive drain snake use, face shields and an apron would be prudent.
- Prepare to contain the contaminants: Have a few old rags and towels at the ready to wipe out drain water and whatever gunk comes out. Cover floors around the drain with plastic sheets if you have to.
- Prepare your equipment: You will need two buckets; one to contain drain water, and the other to keep hand tools in. You will need a drain snake, a flat and a Philips screwdriver, maybe a pair of long nose pliers. You’ll also need detergent powder, maybe some bleach and/or a disinfectant.
- Remove anything covering the drain, such as a hair trap.
- Slowly insert the auger end of the drain snake into the drain with one hand while the other rotates the snake handle clockwise. Your grip on the drain snake cable should be about 3 inches from the drain opening. This is to ensure you can feel when the drain auger hits the obstruction.
- When the end of the snake encounters something unyielding, it is most probably a bend in the pipe. Just keep pushing till you get past the bend.
- When you hit something with a bit of “give” that is probably your obstruction. You can try to either break up the obstruction into little pieces so it will flush down the pipe. Otherwise you can try to punch a hole in the obstruction so you can fish it out using the auger end. Once the clog is hooked pull it out slowly so it does not fall back in.
- Run water on the drain to see if the clog has been cleared. If after several attempts the clog still remains, call a plumber. Otherwise, you can start cleaning up using detergent, bleach and/or disinfectant. Reinstall hair traps.
While the above procedure does not guarantee you will remove the clog, at least the mess will be contained. It should work more than half the time though, resulting in big savings in plumber hours.