We’ve reviewed a few drain snakes and drain augers over the last year, as there have been marked innovations in the world of cordless plumbing solutions. In almost all these new products, the drum and the drain snake make up integral parts of the tool. And, in those tools, the drum and drain snake do most of the dirty work. The water, grease, and grime of clogged drains will eventually take its toll on the business end of your plumbing equipment. However, performing some simple, routine maintenance on the drum and drain snake will help keep your drain auger unclogging drains for years to come. Here are some drum and cable care tips from the Pros in case you’re new to the trade.
Drum And Cable Care Tips
Pros use snake oil, gear oil, and even regular motor oil to lubricate the snake after each use. This will prevent rust from forming on the metal and prolong the snake’s life.
Pull The Plug
Some drain snakes have plugs to allow excess water to escape the drum. Be sure to pull the plug and let the drum drain into a bucket at the end of the day. If it’s an extremely cold winter, you may have to do it after each job to ensure you don’t get a frozen snake.
Remove The Drum
Every so often, it’s good to remove the drum and clean the grime that’s accumulating inside. Let it sit open to dry if you have time.
Soak The Snake
Periodically pull the snake all the way out of the drum and coil it up in a bucket full of water with detergent.
Dry It Out
Use a rag to dry off the snake after soaking it in detergent. Then, let it lay out to fully dry before lubricating it.
Avoid the Drum And The Snake Altogether
We recently took a look at the Milwaukee M12 AirSnake, which not only works well for lighter duty clogs, but it eliminates the use of drums and drain snakes altogether. Instead of running a snake down the drain, the AirSnake uses air pressure and the existing water in the line to push clogs through the pipe. A Pro plumber will still need the drain auger for some clogs, but this product will take care of grimy stoppages.
If you follow these drum and cable care tips, you can expect to get years of use out of your equipment. If you’re a Pro and you have any drain snake tips, add them in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.