The Different Types of Plumbing Snakes

There are few that get as frustrating around your house than having a clogged drain or a drain that empties the water very slowly. When a clogged drain happens they affect your ability to take showers and baths, keep you from preparing food in your kitchen and even create some very unsanitary and foul smelling condition if it’s a toilet drain that is clogged. When these things happen, you and service professionals will often require the use of a plumbing snake to free a clogged drain. Here are the different types of plumbing snakes that are available to free up clogged drains.

Why do they make different types of plumbing snakes?

cloggeddrainJust like you need a garbage truck to take away garbage and a towing truck to haul away a car you need specialized plumbing snakes to free different types of clogged drains. Having the right tool for the location of the clog is the best way for you or your plumbing professional to get the job done quickly and easily.

Stopped up Toilets need Augers

No household wants to suffer through this experience, especially if it is the only bathroom in your house. Fortunately there are special designed device called toilet augers that can handle clogged drains on most types of toilet fixtures easily. These are inexpensive devices and they are just as handy to keep around the home as a plunger. There are also specially designed toilet augers that are made to use on urinals to if you have an office or a business location that has urinals in the bathrooms.

Top Snake

These are popular plumbing snakes to use on such clogged drains as those that are in bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, showers, bathtubs and other small drains that run mostly clear water through them (please do not use your bathroom auger for these drain problems that arise in these bathroom fixtures). They are the smallest of the drain snakes made but they can easily handle freeing a smaller type of clogged drain. Most top snakes come with less than 25 feet of cable and they can be either hand cranked or electric models.

Mini Rooter

Most people do not want to go to the expense of owning these machines so they are usually either rented or used by professional plumbers. They feature 3/8 inch cables that stretch 50 – 75 feet so they are able to reach and free up your stubborn and hard to get out clogged drains. They are ideal to use on drain lines that are 2 inches or smaller.

Large Drain Snake

These are machines that are designed to get out blockages in a clogged drain when all other remedies fail. Large drain snakes are best left to the professionals to use as they can cause damage or injuries if they are not used properly. These work great on clogged drain lines that are 3 inches or bigger such as sewer lines or underground septic lines that may have roots growing in them.

So as you can see there is a large variety of snakes to free up each different type of clogged drain. Make sure you know which one is best for your clog and remember you can always call a professional plumber if you don’t feel comfortable using a drain snake yourself.

About Dwight Gropper

Dwight Gropper is the President of Air Conditioning Edmonton, which specializes in heating, air conditioning and plumbing installation and repair services. For same day 24/7 service, call 780-800-7010.