Tools You Need for Unclogging Drains

by Jess Rehll - December 15, 2021

When you turn on a faucet in your home, you expect clean water to freely flow out of it for your use. Whatever you don’t capture is supposed to flow down the drain just as freely. But what if that’s not what happens? What if you find yourself dealing with a clogged drain? Do you even know what tools you need to fix it?

A Drain Snake

A drain snake, also called a plumber’s snake, is a long cable with a coiled steel wire at the end of it. To use a drain snake, put on your gloves and eye protection, and grab your bucket and snake. Insert the snake into the drain and start to feed it into the pipe. Crank the handle once it’s a few inches in until you get to the clog. The tip should break it up or be able to grab on so you can pull it out. Once you can’t put anymore of the coil in, start to pull it back out. Pull off any debris and test your drain to see if it clears. Avoid using drain cleaners as much as possible.

A Plunger

Plungers are a pretty obvious go-to tool for unclogging a drain. Most of us have one, and most of us know how to use it. You can often unclog a drain without chemicals by using a plunger. Plungers work by creating a seal around the opening of the drain. When you push on the plunger, it increases the pressure in the piping, pushing the water away. Pulling the plunger up allows the water to return. That movement should help whatever’s clogging up the drain move along. The key is creating that seal. This is where different types of plungers come in handy, since not all of them are going to create an effective seal around, say, something like a toilet drain.

Protective Gear

Surprised to hear that you should have protective gear to deal with something as seemingly simple as a clogged drain? Trust us. Drains can get pretty gross pretty fast, especially if you put things that shouldn’t go down drains in them. You don’t want to get the gunk in your pipes all over you regardless of what drain is clogged. Cleaning gloves, work gloves, and eye protection are generally a good place to start. That way you’ll keep your hands clean and safe, and you won’t have to worry about any of what’s in your drain getting into your eye and causing an infection.

Having the right tools to deal with a clogged drain can save you a ton of time, effort, and frustration. Drain snakes and plungers are pretty standard tools. Make sure you have the right protective gear too. With the right tools, you should have that drain cleared in no time. All that’s left will be the cleaning.

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