Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated March 14, 2022)
Just as when you use a snake to unclog kitchen or bathroom sinks, you are going to be utilizing the same methods and tools to snake out a utility sink. So you will want to make sure that before you start any type of home plumbing task that you have the tools necessary to accomplish the job. There are going to be four things that you'll need: a bucket, a pair of pliers that are adjustable, a snake (or drain auger) and an old towel.
When considering whether you want to snake your drain you need to make sure that you know what kind of pipes your plumbing is made from. Are the pipes metallic or from PVC? This is an important thing to know, since if the pipes are made from PVC you could potentially break them if you are not careful when removing the blockage.
If you do not already have a snake, you can purchase one at any department or hardware store. The price is going to range between $4.50 and $32.50 depending on brand, type, and which store you purchase it at.
Now you are ready to tackle that clogged drain:
If there was no blockage in the wall, check the trap that you previously removed. You can clear this out by simply running the snake through this portion of the pipe, as done with the wall. After this has been done, replace the trap, tighten the nuts, and turn the water back on. You're done!
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