It is said that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for service technicians. Here are some tools to keep around your Kenai or Soldotna home to make sure that your drains stay clog-free, and that you DON’T have to call in the professionals.
Plunger: This should be your first tool you reach for when a clog arises. This plumber’s friend clears clogs from most fixtures, including sinks, tubs and toilets. Every homeowner should keep one handy!!!
Cable Auger/Plumber’s Snake: If you have a clog that’s located farther down the drainpipe, look at grabbing one of these bad boys! This is a long, flexible steel cable wound around a spool that’s fitted with a hand crank. Cable augers are available in lengths up to 100 feet, though a 25-foot model will suffice for most any household clog.
Closet Auger: This is specifically made for snaking out toilets. It, too, is equipped with a hand crank, but instead of a spool, the cable is encased in a rigid shaft. The auger end is bent at a precise angle to fit through the tight curves of a toilet trap.
Electric Power Auger: For a very large clog, or one that is too far from reach, you need to rent one of these. This machine—basically a large cable auger powered by an electric motor—is very effective at cutting through virtually any clog, even tangled tree roots. Before bringing home a power auger, be sure the rental agent shows you how to safely dispense and retrieve the cable.
These proven techniques will dislodge virtually any clog. If you can’t clear a clog after a few attempts, make sure you admit defeat and turn the job over to a drain-cleaning service or licensed plumber. Exerting too much force can permanently damage a pipe or fixture.