How to Use a Manual Drain Snake

Using a manual drain snake is an easy and cost-effective way to clear any clogs that occur in your drains. This tool can help you get the job done quickly and without calling a plumber. Here are the steps you need to take to successfully learn how to use a manual drain snake.

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1. Remove the Stopper in the Drain

Locate where the stopper is connected at – usually found near bottom part of sink/tub area – then use wrench or pliers to unscrew by turning counter-clockwise until detached from piping system completely; pull up gently with hands if needed (but do not force) until fully removed from sink/tub opening itself.

Clean any buildup or grime off top portion (where handle secures into base) and examine for any further damage or corrosion before going forward with using manual drain snake itself.

2. Loosen the Screw Manually to the Snake Cable Housing

One step that is often overlooked when using a manual drain snake is loosening up the screw manually to the snake’s cable housing before inserting it into the drain. This step is vital as without loosening up this screw there could be too much tension on the cable causing it to bind and not move freely within pipes.

3. Insert the manual drain snake into the drain

Put on protective gloves and goggles before working on any plumbing project.

Position cable head end at entrance of pipe opening and then gently push down a few inches of the snake has been fed into pipe.

4. Rotate the handle clockwise While Adding Pressure

Start off by rotating the handle in a clockwise direction while gradually increasing pressure on from end of wire near handle. This will start pull up on the obstruction gently once the snake has met the obstruction.

5. Keep rotating the Plumber’s Snake Until Clog is removed

Keep rotating snake back and forth until blockage has been reached – once done continue applying slow but steady pressure as well as rotation movements until clog eventually breaks free.

Once loosened material has been removed stop immediately as going beyond this point could cause more harm than good.

6. Use the Drain Snake Regularly to Prevent Future Clogs

Clean out your drain thoroughly after each time you use the snake and keep an eye out for any potential warning signs that could indicate future blockages forming (i.e., slow draining water).

Lastly be sure to store your drain snake in a dry place when not in use as leaving it exposed to moisture can cause rusting which renders them useless over time


In conclusion, using a drain snake is one of the best ways to prevent future clogs in your pipes. It’s quick, easy, and effective. All you need is some basic safety equipment, proper preparation, and following the right steps. With a bit of patience and diligence, you can keep your drains clear and functioning properly for years to come.

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