Picking The Right Drain Snake
When you come into a clog, using a plunger is usually the first course of action. But sometimes the plunger just can’t finish the job, leaving most people confused about what to do next. While there are many other options besides the plunger to unclog a drain, using a Drain Snake has been shown to be one of the fastest and most effective methods. A drain snake is not some venomous serpent; the tool consists of a coiled metal wire with a handle attached on one end and a sharp drill spiral on the other. The snake wire is pushed down into the drain, and by cranking the handle, the spiral drill end cuts through or catches the obstruction. Some drain snakes are fitted with an electric motor, making them extremely effective at clearing just about any blockage. One of the best things about the drain snake is its capability to reach blockages extremely far down the drain, making it one of the most effective methods available. With the cheap price and efficiency of this tool, the only thing left to do is determining which of the many shapes, sizes, and brands is best for you. The professionals at FlowPro have provided some information on what types of drain snakes will get your pipes flowing once again.
The following Plumbing Snakes can be bought for a low price at your local hardware store or be rented from your local plumbing company, but it is important to buy the right one in order to prevent pipe scratching and damage. Utilising these tools you will be able to tackle any drain stoppage you face.
The smallest snake of the snakes is often for a small shower or sink stoppages, usually used for hair removal. Packs of 6 plastic and metal grabbers can be purchased for less than $10 and are used to pull out specifically small blockages.
Toilet Augers are another great option to cheaply unclog toilets in a safe and economical way. When the plunger is not enough, the toilet snake is specially designed to reach blockages far down without tearing or scratching porcelain. The cheapest version of this tool can be purchased for under $10 dollars, but spending a little more will get you a longer lasting and more efficient tool.
A small hand snake (or top snake) are handheld or electric tools used for cleaning household drains and more common stoppages. Having one of these tools can often solve any household issues without the expense of calling a plumber, they can usually be purchased for around $30-50. Also, the ergonomic design of having a handheld snake makes it easier to use than the conventional crank.
Drain Snake Machine
If the conventional electric or crank snakes can’t get the job done, using a power drain machine are extremely effective when attacking large blockages at a great depth. Most drain snake cables of this caliber will reach for 50 to 100 feet and range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. These powered machines are equipped with wheels, multiple drain heads, and self-feeding cable. They can be used for bigger blockages in the home or for something major like a main line blockage. While these are the most effective drain snakes available, their high price tag makes it often much more economical to hire a plumber.
No matter what type of drain clog you have, drain snakes can conquer anything from a common sink clog to a mainline sewer blockage. If you’re in need of some heavy duty drain snake equipment then hiring a plumber will be your best option. At FlowPros we have a professional team of plumbers specializing in plumbing blockages and sewer cleaning. Visit our site today and learn how to get your life and plumbing flowing.