Drain snakes require a lot of gentle maneuvering. They may seem like they are a simple tool to use, but you will need to handle them the correct way if you want to remove any clogs in your drain. There is a specific procedure that you must follow to yield the best results.
If there is a screen covering your drain, then remove it. Next, slowly insert the augur into your drain and crank the handle in a clockwise motion to unwind the cable. If you have trouble pushing the augur down your drain, then hold the handle with both hands as you are using it. Make sure the handle of the auger is only a few inches away from the mouth of the drain throughout the process. This gives you the most control when attempting to locate the clog.
If you hear a scratching noise, this means that you are encountering a curve in the pipe. Try your best to push past it as carefully as you can. Once you encounter a significant amount of resistance, then you have located the clog. Now you will want to hook onto the clog with your auger, so keep turning the crank clockwise to see if the hook will latch onto it. If the augur feels weighty, then you are making progress. Now you will want to continue to prod the material to try and break it up. You should eventually be able to poke through and out the other side of the clog. If you can’t puncture through it, then you have a lot of solid buildup that you will need to fish out of your drain.
Remove the drain snake carefully so the clog doesn’t come off the hook. Clean your auger with a towel as it’s coming out of your drain. Dispose of any debris that you remove from your drain into the bucket. Continue to remove as much debris as you can until your drain snake is out of the drain entirely.