What Is A Plumbing Snake?
It sounds an awful lot more scary than it actually is because a plumbers snake is nothing more than a flexible coil of metal that comes in handy for removing blockages from curved pipes and drainage areas that you simply can’t reach with any other tool and is a tool most plumbers simply couldn’t live without. The snake itself can come in a variety of lengths and shapes but at the core of each one is a flexible metal shaft with one end that acts as an auger or a type of threaded screw. The snake itself also has a feature which allows the plumber to turn it as it moves through the pipe dislodging whatever was causing the blockage in the first place.
Most plumbers will start off using the smallest snake possible to work on the problem first and only increase the size of the plumbing snake if the problem persists. The reason they use the smallest snake to start with is that because of the auger or screw at the tip of the snake – this could potentially damage a pipe if it’s not used with proper care or if the wrong size of snake is used on the wrong diameter of pipe in the first place.
Depending on how severe the blockage is the plumber might need to remove the plumbing snake several times during the unblocking process. This is always made easier by having enough water in the toilet, drain or pipe to help force the blockage through with the help of the snake auger. You’ll notice that a good plumber won’t just try to push the snake through in one go because they need to exercise care in how the snake is actually used – cleaning it off as they go along.
A plumbing snake is simply one of the single best tools any plumber can have in their toolkit and while it might seem a little too much like brute force this tool does its job extremely well each and every time.
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