Using Augers To Unplug Toilets:
What Is A Toilet Snake?
Toilet augers are also known as toilet snake. It is a very simple equipment and yet, one of the best tools ever designed and created to unclog toilets.
In previous pages, I wrote about different ways of how to unclog toilet and, the first option that I recommended was to use a plunger.
Plunger will only unclog toilets that have simple blockages, if a toilet is more complicated, the best option will be the toilet snake.
The Best Equipment For The Job:
Toilet snakes were made to remove or retrieve solid blockages from toilet bowls.
The toilet snake is the best tool to unclog a toilet due to its design, the tool comes with a three or six feet long cable attached to handle and body.
So, when you cable the toilet bowl, you are simply pushing the cable through the bowl to push or pull the blockage and, no other tool has been designed with such a precision as the toilet snake, that's why this simple tool became the best equipment ever invented to unplug toilet.
Also, this toilet tool is a very simple one and it is easy enough to be handled by just about anyone who want to.
Where To Buy A Toilet Snake?
Such an equipment is among those that are most popular tools for drain and plumbing related problems.
Consequently, It can be found in just about any local plumbing supply store, it can also be found in home improvement stores.
However, have in mind that, when looking for such a equipment, you will find different models and sizes, so, be careful to not buy a cheap version of the real tool, if you buy a cheap one, you will pretty much waste your money, because the cheap version won’t last and won’t deliver what is promised to do.
What Is The Best Model?
Remember one thing, when buying a hand snake, for the most part, a cheaper model will do the same work as the professional graded one.
But, when dealing with a clog drain, you will need to have the equipment that will handle a heavy duty job.
So, what is the best toilet auger available in the market today?
After working for 5 years clearing drains, I can honestly say that the best auger won’t cost just $5 or $10. But, if you are willing to invest a little bit of money to buy a toilet auger that will work over and over again, the best auger will cost between $45 and $65 dollars.
Right above on the left is a photo of the exact auger that you should consider to buy.
How to use such a tool?
Using a toilet snake is extremely simple, all you must do is to make sure that you have rag, towel, latex and leather gloves when using it.
Even though, the instructions come with the tool, here is a guideline on how to use a toilet close auger:
1 – Push the cable all the way inside the metal cover.
2 – Insert the tip or head of the auger inside the toilet bowl trap.
3 – While holding the body of the equipment, slowly rotate the handle clockwise as you push it inside the trap until the whole cable is inserted inside the trap.
4 – Hold the equipment body as you pulls the cable out. You do this by pulling the handle upward or buy rotating the handle counterclockwise.
If clog has been removed, you should try the same exercise for at least 2 or 3 times to make sure that the trap is clear from the blockage, than, do a test with toilet paper.
If the blockage is still present in the trap, the toilet paper will call another clog; otherwise, the toilet will be ready for use.