Snakes And Clogged Drains: A DIY Guide To Help You Make Your Own Pipe Auger Tool To Clear Clogs
If you have a blocked drain in your home, you may want to try all the tools you have available before contacting the plumbing. A plumber's snake or pipe auger is a tool that you use to put in the drain and clear the blockage. There are a lot of different ways you can make your own auger tool to clear minor clogs from your drains. The following guide will help you make a simple auger tool to clear blockages from the drains in your home:
Gathering the Materials and Tools You Have Available to Make A DIY Pipe Auger Tool
First, you will want to gather all the materials that you need to make a plumbing snake auger tool. The following materials can be used for DIY pipe auger tools:
- Auger Line—plastic filament from weed eaters, thick electrical wire, cables from chain link fence, or other thick and strong cable material.
- Grappling Hook—durable metal wire from a coat hanger, fence, nails, or other metal wire-like materials that can be shaped into a hook.
- Optional Drills and Power Tools—Drills and other tools with electric motors that can spin the auger line and grapple hook to remove the blockage in pipes.
These are some of the materials that you can use to make a DIY plumbing snake and optional power tools to use it with. Use whatever materials you have available.
Using Durable Wire or Cable to Make A Grappling Hook to Attach to The Tip of The Auger Line
The first thing that you will want to make is a grappling hook that can grab debris that is blocking the flow of wastewater in the pipe. To do this, bend coat hanger or other strong wire into a hook with prongs. The prongs of the grappling hook should be bent inward to prevent them from getting caught inside pipes. You can make prongs individually and hold them together to make the grapple with think wire or duct tape.
Cutting the Wire or Cable You Are Using as An Auger Line the Right Length to Reach Clogs in Pipes
The auger line is the cable that will go inside the pipe to remove the clog. Do not cut the line until you have the grapple attached to this cable and begin fishing it into the clogged pipe. Feed the auger into the pipe until you feel the blockage stopping the tool. Now, cut the auger line cable a few feet above the drain to begin using the tool to clear the pipes.
Clearing the Clogged Pipes Manually with The Auger Tool and Using Power Tools to Clear Drains Quickly
Once the auger line has been cut to the right length, you can begin twisting it and pushing it into the pipe to see if you can remove the clog. If you have a drill available, put wire and tape on the end, and attach the auger line like you would a drill bit. Try turning the auger line in both forward and reverse directions to see if it can grab the debris in the pipe with the grappling hook you attached to the end of the auger line.
As you can see, making your own plumber's snake auger tool is not that difficult, but it may not always solve the problem. If you have tried making an auger to clear blockages from your pipe, contact professional residential drain cleaning service to clear the blockage in your pipes.