If you are a homeowner, you’ve most likely experienced the chaos and unpleasant smell resulting from a clogged drain. Whether your sinks aren’t draining or your toilet isn’t flushing, plumbing problems are common household occurrences and require a professional’s skills and tools to restore.
While many tools help unclogging blocked pipes and drains, a sewer snake is one of the most efficient options.
How Does a Sewer Snake Work?
A sewer snake is a tool that reaches deep into pipes and removes built-up dirt, grime, and clog-causing blockages. If you are dealing with a stubborn clog, sewer snakes are your best option to clear it out quickly.
While snakes are powerful drain cleaners, they need to be used delicately. Some homeowners decide to use sewer snakes on their own to remove a clog, while others choose to call professional plumbers to eliminate the problem. If you want to avoid causing additional damage, such as tearing up the pipes, damaging the sewer system, or creating leaks, it is essential to know how sewer snakes work and how to use them right.
A sewer snake is a long metal cable with a handle and a small uncoiled spring. The spring looks like a drill bit, and its purpose is to grab the built-up dirt. Most sewer snakes are flexible and around 50ft long.
Sewer snakes work by infiltrating into the pipes to clear away any blockages causing the drain clog. It is a hand-operated tool, meaning you manually insert the spring end into the drain and then start untwisting by moving the handle. The snake slowly begins to untwist, and the spring moves down the pipe to break through the blockages.
If you are having trouble unclogging your drains, call Invisible Excavations to help today. Whether you are dealing with a minor backup or a significant blockage, we are available 24/7 to take on your sewer cleaning and repair needs.
When to Use a Sewer Snake
Using a sewer snake for any dirt build-up is not a good idea, and there are times when it is better to call a professional plumber to inspect the problem.
Here are some of the common drain problems throughout households that may require the use of a sewer snake:
- Bathroom Sink. A clogged sink is a common problem, which, luckily, is easy to fix. First, try to remove the build-up dirt and hair that is blocking the water flow. You can also disconnect the drain trap to see if any unwanted objects are caught in it. Next, use the sewer snake to grab the rest of the dirt. Turn on the water to see if it flows down the drain. If the water is still draining slowly, call our team to perform a full inspection.
- Bathtub. When dealing with a clogged shower or bathtub, start by pouring vinegar and baking soda down the pipes. Using hot water will also help break up the built-up grime formed in shower drains. If the combination of vinegar, baking soda, and hot water doesn’t break down the clog, you can try to carefully snake the sewer.
- Toilet. Clogged toilets are delicate and most often require professional plumbers. When faced with a clogged toilet, we recommend homeowners first try using a plunger, but keep in mind it can sometimes take as many as 20-30 plunges to clear the blockage in a clogged toilet. If the plunger doesn’t help, it is time to use a sewer snake.
At Invisible Excavations, we know how unpleasant a drain or sewer clog can be. Fortunately, our professional team is just a phone call away. Our experienced plumbers can restore the functionality of your drainage system quickly, allowing you to get back to your daily activities.
Our Approach to Residential & Commercial Clogged Sewer Lines
Using a sewer snake to clean your pipes is an efficient method for clearing out minor blockages in your drains. At Invisible Excavations, we use another, more efficient method – hydro jetting.
Cleaning sewer lines by hydro jetting consists of a special faucet that connects to a machine, releasing high-pressure water through the drains. The high-pressure water cleans all dirt and grime build-up in the pipes, ensuring no waste is left and preventing future blockages from forming.
If you have a blocked drain or sewer system, call our professional plumbing team at 216-741-5131. Our expert technicians at Invisible Excavations will inspect, restore, or repair any of your drainage needs. Contact us for a free quote today!