Do-It-Yourself: 4 Handy Tools You Need to Clean the Drains in Your Home

Hey, can you think of any other place in your home that deals with so much dirt and wastewater like your drains? Certainly none. It is no wonder this maze of conduit pipes is made from tough materials such as reinforced plastic, galvanised steel or copper. The drains have to deal all that dirt you shove down their throat. The sad part is that they can get overwhelmed in some cases and necessitate cleaning to remove big chunks of waste that cannot move down the drain by themselves. This requires you to have some handy tools you can use to clean the drains and get them working well again. Here is a look at some of them:

Manual Snake

A manual snake is a tool you should definitely consider having in your home. It is also referred to as an auger. This is because the tool comprises an auger attached to the end of a pliable steel cable. A long handle allows you to feed the flexible cable deep into the drain so that the auger can hook into the material causing the blockage in the drain. Alternatively, you can also move the tool back and forth disintegrate the material causing the blockage in the drain.

Drill Snake

A drill snake has a slightly different configuration from that of a manual snake. One end has an auger while the other, instead of a long handle, is connected to an electric drill. The electric drill provides the power required to turn the auger as it pushes the obstacle clogging the drain.


A plunger is the most elementary tool you should have in your home for cleaning blocked and dirty drains. It comes with a handle and a round rubber mechanism that creates suction pressure in the drain. This pressure pushes dirt further down the drain into a bigger pipe where it can be carried to a wastewater tank. Using a plunger is quite simple. Place the round end over the wastewater inlet on the sink or bathtub. Shove it down quickly and firmly in repeated movements to maximise the amount of pressure transferred.

Air Pressured Plunger

An air-pressured plunger has the same working principle as an ordinary plunger. The only difference is that an air pressure plunger generates more force because it has an adapter. Air is pumped into a chamber, and with the push of a button, the pressurised air is shoved down the drain to blow out dirt and any materials causing a blockage.  

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Construction Contractors: Dealing with Problems

Hello, there! My name is Debbie Jones. Welcome to my new blog which is all about the problems you can face if you own a property. Last year, I moved into a place in Sydney, Australia and almost immediately started having problems. The electrical system began to fail and I didn't know why. I called in an electrical contractor who examined the wiring and discovered that there was a leak in my roof which was allowing water to drip onto a fuse box. I called in a roofing contractor who advised that I have the entire roof replaced. I had this work carried out and then had the walls of the property reinforced in order to provent further problems.



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