Plumbers Drain Snake & Auger

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A Variety of Equipment to Handle All your Posible Needs

The most common remedy for blocked or slowed drains, aside from the plumber’s helper plunger, is the plumber’s drain snake & auger. Learn about the different tools used on the different drains and plumbing, and avoid costly mistakes. Many technicians carry a variety of equipment to handle all your possible needs for various problems to clear your household drains quickly and efficiently.

Plumber’s snakes have a coiled (helix-shaped) metal wire with a broader gap between the coils at the terminal end. The operator turns a crank to rotate the helix as it moves through the pipe.

If the clog is caused by a dense, but shreddable obstacle, such as tree roots or glass wool, the auger might break it up enough to enable flow. A small, lightweight obstruction might be snagged or corkscrewed by the auger, enabling the operator to pull it away. As the auger rotates, it also flails against the interior walls of the pipe, scraping off minerals and oil.

Hand augers are useful for clearing sink and bathtub drains. They are unsuitable for sending through flush toilets because the wire might damage the bowl; also, flush toilets have relatively large drain pipes in which the narrow snake can become tangled. (A 14-inch cable, for example, should never be used in a drain with a caliber of more than two inches.)

It’s in your best interest to clear your slow or plugged drains as soon as possible to avoid further damage that can become more costly the longer you leave it, or until it becomes fully clogged.  Try a maintenance program to have a stress-free household while saving you money in the long run.

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