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How to Use an Auger to Clean Your Drain

A clogged drain is a situation that no home or business owner wants to deal with. The situation can quickly lead to a big, smelly mess if it is left untreated. One way to clear your drain is to use an auger. These tools are quick and efficient at drain clearing. Consider these DIY drain cleaning tips from our professional plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas.

First, wear protective rubber gloves and safety goggles to protect your eyes and skin from any debris released by the snake. Wear a face mask if you are sensitive to strong smells, as the obstruction may be malodorous. Have several old towels or t-shirts handy to soak up any mess that you create.

Begin by cleaning out any visible debris from the sink. Remove any filters or stoppers from the sink.

Next, insert the snake into the sink and twist it as you crank the handle that feeds it into the drain. Continue threading the snake into the drain until you feel it stop at the blockage.

Once the snake reaches the obstruction, withdraw it a bit and then feed it forward again, repeating this motion until the snake breaks through the clog.

If you are unable to break through the clog after 30 minutes of forward and backward motion, you should contact us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas for professional assistance, as the clog may be deeper than your drain snake is able to reach. Our professional plumbers have the necessary equipment to release any drain obstruction efficiently and correctly so that your drain can properly operate.

If you are unable to successfully clear your drain yourself, our drain cleaning service in Flower Mound has certified professional plumbers available to assist you at any time of the day or night. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas, our plumbers have many years of experience working on all types of residential and commercial plumbing systems and will get your drain back to working order quickly and at an affordable price. Call us today at (972) 895-7775 to schedule your drain cleaning service or repair.