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How A Plumber In Santa Ana Unclogs Sink Drains

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A Plumber at work. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All do-it-yourself warriors, and every homeowner for that matter, should have a plumbing toolbox that at least has an inexpensive hand auger to clear up most clogs in the household. A hand auger has a snake, a twisted metal cable with a wide tip, that can take hold of or push a clog to remove it. The twisted metal cable is inside a case with a handle to rotate or push the snake when inside the drain. If you are not sure that this is something you have to deal with on your own, contact a plumber Santa Ana specialist. Here’s how a plumber in Santa Ana unclogs the sink drain:

  1. Put a water bucket beneath the sink trap.
  2. Unscrew the slip nuts that hold the bend in position to disassemble the sink trap.
  3. If the clog is in the sink trap, use a toothbrush to force the clog out and put the sink trap back together.
  4. If the clog is not in the sink trap, loosen the auger setscrew and take out 18 inches of the metal cable. Force the cable down into the drain and until you hit an obstruction. The obstruction may be the bend in the drain, so fasten the setscrew and crank the auger clockwise to move the cable forward.
  5. After making it through the bend, loosen the setscrew again. Force the cable into the drain until it hits the clog. Tighten the setscrew. Then crank the auger again.
  6. The metal cable may take hold of the clog, rather than push it. If there is substantial resistance, take out the cable and take away any hair and junk from the cable.
  7. Repeat step 5 and 6 until the clog is pushed or removed from the drain.
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