Most of us don’t ever think about our plumbing until something goes wrong. If you’ve ever noticed a shower, sink or bathtub is not draining the right way; then you might have a clog somewhere in your line. Fortunately, unclogging a drain usually isn’t that tough of a job. Clearing a drain as soon as you noticed it helps you avoid any long term damage to your pipes or other spots in your home. If a simple plunger doesn’t do the job, you might have to try pipe snaking the drains. Here is a guide to pipe snaking if you are unfamiliar with them.
When Should I Try Pipe Snaking?
There are times when its best to pipe snake and times when it isn’t your best bet. Before you snake, it’s wise to take some steps first to see whether you can fix the issue without it. There are a few common drains throughout your home that may or may not need it. These include:
- Bathtub/Shower: when you have a clogged shower or tub, sometimes you can fix the clog by pouring a combination of vinegar and baking soda down the drain. Hot water can also help break up the clog. If these solutions fail to work, then consider pipe snaking.
- Bathroom Sink: a clogged bathroom sink is usually easy to fix without the need for a pipe snake. One thing to try is removing the sink stopper so you can pull out any hair or other debris that might be slowing down the drain.
The Pros of Pipe Snaking
Pipe snaking has plenty of benefits. The tool is very accessible. Obtaining a drain snake is very easy since you can usually pick one up at your local home improvement or hardware store. You could also find a few of the basic options available in a department store. Ask your local professional plumber where they would recommend buying one from if you’re unsure. Pipe snakes are also affordable. While some more vital tools can be more pricey, some basic snakes are quite affordable, which adds to a drain snakes’ accessibility. If cost is one of your concerns, you might try to create your drain snake. Pipe snaking is also very simple. It requires little skill or experience to use. By following the simple instructions in this blog and reading the instruction manual that comes with it, you should be able to use it correctly.
If you’re having a lot of trouble even with a pipe snake, call Mahon Plumbing to give you a hand!
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If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.