How to Roto Rooter a Water Drain

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How to Roto Rooter a Water Drain
Use a plumbing snake to clear clogged drains. (drain black and white image by askthegeek from

Maintaining the plumbing in your home is important. Sometimes the drains in your home will become severely blocked and liquid drain cleaners won't help. Blocked pipes can cause leaks and overflows, which result in water damage to your home. Using a plumbing snake is an effective way to remove blockages in your water pipes.

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Things you need

  • Plumbing snake

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  1. 1

    Insert the metal cable of the plumbing snake into the drain.

  2. 2

    Turn the handle of the plumbing snake clockwise to feed the cable further into the drain. Turn the handle until you feel the cable hit the blockage.

  3. 3

    Pull the plumbing snake back while turning the handle clockwise to grind away at the blockage in the drain.

  4. 4

    Push the plumbing snake forward while turning the handle clockwise to break through the blockage.

  5. 5

    Turn the handle counterclockwise to withdraw the cable and pull the blockage out of the drain.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves.
  • Keep a bucket and towels handy for cleanup.

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