Most of us have experienced a blocked drain at one time or another. While light clogs can easily be dislodged by water and a rubber plunger, there are those which require the use of a drain snake Toronto residents are likely to have. It is a versatile clog removal tool that is almost always never used properly. In the hands of a skilled operator the drain snake Toronto residents use makes easy work of most drain blocks. But DIY clearing of blocked drains is best done step by step with the use of a drain snake the final attempt before calling in a plumber.
Using a manual drain snake may be messy, so try using a plunger first. Try this method:
a) Place the plunger over the drain, ensuring the head fits flush against the sink, bathtub, or floor, to create a tight seal.
b) Push the plunger down so the rubber head gets depressed. This creates pressure that pushes down on the clog. Pull the plunger just enough for the rubber to pop back up and push down again. Repeat this as many times as required.
c) If the water still does not flow down the drain after several minutes of pumping with the plunger, you may need to try another method.
If you are trying to unclog a sink drain, there should be a P-trap installed just under the sink. Most P-traps have a clean-out plug at the bottom which you can open to gain access. Here’s how you do it:
a) Place a bucket or preferably an old plastic container you are not likely to use again under the sink to catch all the dirty water and debris that will come out.
b) Unscrew the clean-out plug, clean out the P-trap and wash down and debris from the sink. If there is no clean-out fitting, unscrew the P-trap to wash and clean.
c) Reinstall the clean-out fitting or the P-trap and try the drain again. If water will still not flow, the blockage is further down the pipe and you must try using a manual drain snake.
Here’s how to use a common drain snake:
a) Get your drain snake and some old rags to take care of the dirty water. You will also need rubber gloves.
b) Remove any screens or hair traps.
c) Push the snake cable down the drain while turning the handle in a clockwise motion.
d) Feel for any blockages while you push the snake down. Pipe bends will as you push down. You will feel a clump of debris give slightly as you push down.
e) Continue pushing and turning the drain snake down in order to break up the clog, or for the auger at the end of the snake to work past the debris so you can hook it out.
f) Slowly pull the clog out so the debris does not break up and fall back down the pipe.
Only if that does not work will you need to call a plumber with motor-driven rooters for help. Organizations like the Plumber’s Residential Council Ontario can help you contact reliable plumbers.