How to Make a Plumbing Snake Turn Corners

Many at one time or another will experience a clogged drain that can't be repaired using a plunger. In these situations a plumbing snake is used to clear a blockage that may be farther into the plumbing system than a plunger can affect. A plumbing snake is a steel coil with a cutter at the end. As the snake is inserted into the drain pipe it is turned. This twists the cutter and breaks up the clog. Corners are the biggest challenge when using a snake.

Step 1

Bend the end of the snake 3 to 4 inches from the cutter in the direction of the corner.

Step 2

Insert the snake into the drain and when it gets to the corner push it into the corner and hook the bend around it. This may take some time to get a feel for where the snake is in relation to the corner, but eventually it should go around the corner.

Step 3

Hold the crank end of the snake in the opposite direction of the bend if the previous method did not produce results. Turn the snake while holding it as far over as you can. The turning motion in conjunction with forcing the snake in the direction of the corner will make it slide around the bend.


Damon Koch

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.