How to Fix a Plumbing Snake

Remove the screw on the handle to open the cage. The screw is usually located on the back of the machine.

The handle will have a screw on the back. This can be accessed by removing the cover, which is usually located between the handle and cage. A screwdriver may be needed to remove this cover, depending on your model of snake. Once you’ve removed the cover and found where the screw goes into, use your hands or pliers to unscrew it from its place on the machine’s body.

Pull out a few feet of cable from the head of the machine.

The first step to clearing a clog is to snake out a few feet of cable from the head of your machine. Keep in mind that there are several different types of snakes, each used for a different type of drain. For example, you can use a sink snake if you’re trying to clear a kitchen sink or laundry tub; however, if you’ve got an outdoor drain clog, use an auger instead.

You’ll need to know which tool is right for your situation!

Look down into the exposed opening. You should be able to see one of two things: a coiled spring or a single carriage bolt and washer assembly.

  • If you see a coiled spring, you can use a small, flat-head screwdriver to carefully pry the trap cover out of its housing, then push it up and over the end of your snake’s handle so that it’s now free. Set aside this piece and all other parts that have come off with it.
  • If instead of seeing a coiled spring, you’re looking at either one carriage bolt or washer assembly, proceed by using your screwdriver again to carefully remove this part from its housing in the wall.

Replace the broken part with a new one. For example, if your snake has a broken spring, you’d replace it with a new one in your spares kit.

If you have a snake with a broken part, replace the broken part with a new one. For example, if your snake has a broken spring, you’d replace it with a new one in your spares kit. You could also use some duct tape or super glue to fix it temporarily until you get around to replacing the parts.

The next step is to replace the broken part with a new one in your spares kit in the head of the machine.

Reassemble all the parts and try it again, stacking them in reverse order….

With the parts you’ve taken off, put them back together in reverse order.

  • The head needs to be on the cable before you can screw it onto the handle (it’ll just turn if you put it on first).
  • Make sure there’s no slack in the cable before you tighten down your last two screws: one at the top of each handle piece (where they join) and another on the side of each handle near where they attach to each other.
  • Take care not to cross-thread anything as this will make it very difficult to take apart again later!

How to Make a Plumbing Snake Turn Corners

  • If you’re using a plumbing snake to unclog a drain, you may run into a problem when the pipe curves. You can’t just poke the snake in there — it’ll get stuck. Instead, use one of these methods:
  • 1. Wrap the end of the snake around the curve and push it through from the other side.
  • 2. Use a metal hose clamp or zip tie to secure one end of the snake and then feed it through from the other side.
  • 3. Feed multiple snakes together into one end of an S-curved pipe (like if you need to clear out two drains at once).

How to use an electric plumbing snake

The electric plumbing snake is a useful tool for unclogging drains, but it can be tricky to use if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s how to get the best out of your snake and make sure that you don’t damage your pipes in the process:

  1. Before using the snake, make sure that there is no water flowing through the pipe. If there is, turn off the water supply or put on some old clothes that you don’t mind getting wet as it could splash out of the pipe and onto your clothes when you start moving it around. Also make sure that all of your electrical equipment is switched off before starting work with the snake so as not to accidentally electrocute yourself or start a fire in your home.
  2. When using an electric plumbing snake, try not to use too much force as this could damage your pipes further down along their length where they may have been damaged already by whatever caused them to clog up in the first place such as tree roots growing into them from underneath ground level (which happens more often than people think). If there is still no movement after trying all these steps then call an expert!

Knowing how to fix simple plumbing problems can save you time and money!

Knowing how to fix simple plumbing problems can save you time and money. When you know how to fix simple plumbing problems, you’ll be able to save yourself time and money.