Plumbing Terminology 101:

The Electric Drain Snake

Electric Drain Snake – Drain snakes come in various shapes, sizes, and types; be it electric or otherwise. These machines are used to try to clear blocked drains, whether it’s kitchen sinks, toilets, floor drains or otherwise. For these machines, generally you would use a minimum of ⅝” diameter snake cable and approximately 50 to 100 ft. of snake cable to try to snake the drain line, of course, you may need even more in the way of snake cable, depending on the property’s size.

The Snake Machine shown here is used for drains that are 3″ or larger in width; typically, and in fact, almost exclusively main sanitary drain lines. Primarily, the cause of backups tend to be roots so you need strong snake cables and adequate machinery to get the job done right.

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