How to Use a Toilet Snake

Do you have a clogged toilet? If you do, chances are good that you already know that a toilet snake, also called an auger, is your best bet for getting rid of that clog. The trouble is that if you don’t know what you’re doing, chances are very good that you are likely to make the job worse instead of better.

Use A Toilet Snake

Using a snake to get the job done quickly and easily is the purpose of this article. Follow these tips and you will find your toilet purring like a kitten.

  1. If you have a snake of any length, it’s probably wound up on a spool of some kind. Shorter ones don’t usually have this, but shorter snakes are only of very limited value too.
  2. Pull a length of the snake out of the coil and put the end with the wire bulb at the end into the bowl of the toilet.
  3. Start feeding the snake into the toilet. Doing this by hand alone will only have limited value, so you will need to start cranking the snake clockwise to make it keep going down.
  4. Sometimes snakes will encounter resistance as they continue down the pipe. This is normal. Unfortunately, once it slows down, there’s also a good chance that it has encountered the clog, in which case you need to start jiggling the coil to make it pass.
  5. Once you get to the resistance, don’t try to pull it out immediately. If you do this, chances are that you will undo the progress you have made. Instead, keep trying to turn the crank to advance the snake. winding and unwinding the snake will do this and unclog the obstruction.
  6. Once you have gotten as far as you think you can, don’t keep forcing it down since this will probably force the clog in and make it worse. Instead, start to pull the snake out. If you were effective at this, whatever was clogging your toilet will probably come out with the end of the snake. Be sure you have something at hand to dispose of this mess. It is also a good idea at this point to put on rubber gloves to keep you from coming into contact with the matter from the clog.
  7. After you think you have gotten the clog out, flush the toilet again. If the clog is gone, there should be no trouble flushing. If it fails to flush, repeat this process until it works.

You should have a toilet that flushes easily.

  1. After you have completed the job, you can help to prevent the problem from happening again by first using a plunger a few times, then using a cleanser that is intended for toilets. Don’t use cleansers that are intended for sinks because they will damage galvanized pipes. Cleansers intended for toilets will help and prevent a clog from happening again.

9. Prevent future problems. There are numerous things that cause clogs. The best way to deal with them is to prevent them from happening such as keeping children away from toilets with their toys. Periodic use of a toilet cleanser will help too.