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What is a Plumbing Snake?

February 25th, 2020

Have you ever heard of a plumbing snake? Plumbing snakes are tools that plumbers often use to dislodge drain clogs. However, the name can be a little misleading. If you have a plumber coming out for a Northeast Philadelphia drain cleaning appointment, it is important to understand the tools that will be used on your home. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly a plumbing snake is, what it does, and why plumbers use them. 

A plumbing snake is a thin tool that looks small when rolled up. It is usually encased in a handle of sorts, coiled up much like a snake would be. When extended, this tool looks like a long coil with a bit of uncoiled metal at the end. This is the auger part of the snake. 

When you call a Philadelphia plumber out to break up a clog in your drain, they’ll often begin by uncoiling the snake and pushing it down into your pipes. They move the snake around to dislodge stubborn clogs that are often deep within your pipes. From there, the debris can be rinsed down the pipe, and the snake is pulled back up and stored back within the handle until it gets used again.

 Plumbing snakes are an environmentally-friendly tool that can be reused over and over again. They also cause less damage to your drains than harsh chemical cleaners. If you’re looking for a more natural way to clear your drains, consider calling a professional and requesting a plumbing snake.

Do you have a stubborn clog in your drain that won’t seem to go away? Some major clogs take more than grocery store drain cleaner to remove. If you’re dealing with a frustrating clog, give the team at Guaranteed Plumbing and Heating a call today to schedule your appointment with our professional team.

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