How a Main Line Plumbing Auger Works

Servicing Salt Lake and Utah Counties

Main line drain clogs are a common problem for homeowners and can lead to problematic and costly plumbing issues if not addressed promptly. A main line drain auger, also known as a sewer snake or drain snake, is a tool we use to help you clear out tough clogs in your main sewer line. With so many plumbing tools and names, it can be difficult to know which one is being used for your plumbing repair. Below we will explain and discuss the parts of a main line auger and how it is used to make your drains clog free.

Quick Main Line Drain Overview

As a quick reminder, it’s essential to understand what a main line drain is. The main line drain is the largest drain in your home’s plumbing system and is responsible for carrying all the wastewater from your home to the city sewer system. Over time, this drain can become clogged with a buildup of grease, hair, soap build-up, and other debris. If left unchecked, these clogs can cause sewage slow-draining sinks, water backup, and other plumbing problems.

What is a Plumbing Auger?

A main line drain plumbing auger is a long, flexible wire cable that is inserted into the main line drain to break up and remove clogs. The cable is made up of a series of linked sections, typically ranging from 25 to 100 feet in length, that can be connected or disconnected as needed. The end of the cable has a corkscrew-like auger that rotates as it is pushed into the drain. 

How does it Work?

As the auger rotates, it breaks up the clog and allows water to flow freely through the drain. It is worthy to note, main drain plumbing augers come in different lengths and thicknesses. If you decide to use one yourself, make sure you are getting the correct size for your pipes. With so many variables to shift through, we always recommend calling your local plumbing professional. We always have the right auger for the job.

How It is Used

  1. To use a main line drain auger, we start by locating your main cleanout access point. This is typically a capped pipe near the foundation of your home, where the main line drain exits the house. We remove the cap and insert the cable into the drain until we feel resistance in the line (this is the clog). 
  2. We begin rotating the auger handle to work the cable through the clog. If we encounter particularly tough resistance, we may need to apply more pressure or use a larger auger head.
  3.  Once the clog is cleared, we remove the cable and replace the cleanout cap.

It’s important to note that using a main line drain auger can be a complicated and challenging task. It may not be effective in all situations when doing it yourself. If you are uncomfortable using the tool or if the clog is particularly stubborn, it’s best to contact Aloha Plumbing, Sewer, & Drains for assistance.

A main line drain auger is a valuable tool we use to help customers avoid major main line drain issues. By understanding how a plumbing auger works, you will know what we are doing when doing this kind of plumbing repair for your home. Remember, if you are going to attempt to use a plumbing auger yourself, use caution and wear protective gear when working with plumbing tools.