How To Snake A Clogged Drain

  • Wearing rubber gloves, push the cable into the drain while turning the auger’s handle clockwise. Keep repositioning the grip as you feed the snake into the drain.
  • When the auger reachs the blockage, keep turning and pull back a bit to chew away and dislodge the clog.
  • Push forward again to grind away and, eventually, drive the auger through the clog.
  • If possible, pull the blockage out through the pipe. At this point, have a bucket ready and pull the cable back through a heavy-duty rag.
  • If this doesn’t work, try to find a branch clean-out. With a large bucket under the clean-out, slowly back out the plug with a wrench. Be ready: as Water and waste may gush out.
  • Run the drain auger in through the branch pipe as described in previous steps. If there doesn’t appear to be a clog in the branch, the blockage could be in the main waste and vent stack or in the sewer line.
  • You can try to find the main and repeat this snaking effort, or you can try running an auger down the vent stack from the roof.