How to Work a Snake for a Clog in a Sink

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Working a snake for a clog in a sink is a process that will vary depending on the configuration of the pipes in question. Work a snake for a clog in a sink with help from the president and owner of Source Development Inc. in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, President and Owner of Source Development Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York and this is how to work a snake for a clog in a sink. It's kind of a loaded question to be honest with you. I would personally take you know the pipes apart if I could. The snake's pretty hard to manage if you could imagine like working through this configuration and then in and out. You know most often the, the sediment that forms a clog is in the actual p-trap here which really should be removed and taken off, cleaned of sediment and then reinstalled. Another reason why I really wouldn't us the snake is if not so much on the plastic but where you have metals and there's a possibility of corrosion. The snake could very well go through the pipe and you know you'd have to replace it anyway. So you're almost saving a step if you study the pipe, you see that there's some corrosion in it, you might want to avoid that or especially avoid chemicals at that point because if you pour the chemicals down a corroded pipe they're just gonna eat through the very thin layers of the pipe and then get all over you know your cabinetry. They're caustic, they could do you harm, get on your arms and cause burns and stuff so I'm gonna walk you through using a snake but I really wouldn't do it. On our double sink I've determined which side the p-trap is under or at least the closet route to the p-trap which is mostly likely where the clog is coming from. I'm gonna insert the auger in the center of the drain, rotate it counter-clockwise, and loosen the auger. Give myself a little more slack. Tighten the auger. Push the auger down the drain and I'm gonna keep rotating clockwise pushing the auger down as it's traveling. It only has to go a short distance to get through the trap but another thing that happens very often is that you get a clog at the drain vent pipe area. Pull it straight out and hopefully but at that point you gone through the clog and it's entangled on the auger counter-clockwise to get it out. So once we're done snaking the pipe you want to run some hot water through it to make sure that it flushes the pipes. You can also apply a combination of baking soda, salt, and water to help dissolve the rest of the residual dirt and debris that's in there. And this was how to work a snake for a clog in a sink. This is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, President and Owner of Source Development Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York helping you build a better life. Reach out to me on Facebook at The Home Source Guy. We'll see you next time.

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