DIY: Clear a Drain Line

A clogged drain can bring your whole day to a halt, but clearing a drain line can be simple if you have the right tools. There are four different types of tools that you can use to clear a drain line.

Tools Needed

Fight clogs with these affordable and specialized plumbing tools.

  • Plunger: This tool is also known as the plumber’s best friend as it can easily clear clogs from most fixtures like sinks, pipes and toilets. It’s inexpensive and can cost as little as $10.
  • Cable Auger or Plumbers Snake: If the clog is located farther down the drain pipe, then a cable auger is the perfect tool to try. It consists of a long, flexible steel cable that is wound around a spool. Cable augers or plumbers snakes are available in lengths up to one hundred feet. You’ll pay more for a cable auger or plumbers snake, but should be able to pick one up for under $50, probably closer to $30.
  • Closet Auger: The closet auger is typically used when there is trouble draining the water even after the use of a plunger. This tool is designed specifically for toilet pipes. A closet auger has an estimated reach of 3 feet, although there are some models that are slightly longer. The closet auger run about the same price as the cable auger.
  • Electric Power Auger: The electric power auger is so effective; it can even cut through tangled tree roots. It is the most effective tool used for unclogging. For safety reasons, It is advisable to consult a professional before buying this tool. It’s a bit pricey and may set you back a few hundred dollars.

How to Clear a Drain Line

When clearing a drain line, always start with a plunger. Your plunger can easily clear any clog if the blockage isn’t too far into the pipes. You can even use a plunger on a clogged sink. Just cover the sink overflow with tape and plunge away.

After the obstructions are cleaned out from the drain, pour some water down the sink to check if your drain runs freely. If the clog proves to be too large or elusive to handle, hire a plumber or consult a professional.

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