Clean a drain snake

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  1. charlesey

    charlesey I like to do everything to the best of my ability

    Jul 31, 2019
    Small Business Owner
    I just bought a drain snake to clean you drains in my bathroom. My question is, how do I clean it? Once it completely spread and grips whatever is blocking the drain, as I withdraw it how do I clean it? Should I just let it roll into the casing?

    Any suggestions?
  2. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

    Sep 23, 2004
    plumbing - fire suppression - boiler inspector
    New York
    If I am snaking a drain such as a bathtub from the overflow I let the hot water run making sure no one is below just in case the snake penetrates the piping

    The hot water with soap will clean the snake then I use WD 40 as I retrieve the cable and wipe it with a rag
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  4. floraudowell

    floraudowell New Member

    Jun 28, 2019
    Fill a bucket up with hot soapy water.
    Use a quality disinfecting soap in the water.
    Place the snake on the ground.
    Wet the bristle brush in the bucket of soapy water and scrub the auger, flexible hose and plastic tube with the bristle brush.
    Spray the snake off with your garden hose and wipe it down with a clean towel.
  5. Charlotte Isabella

    Charlotte Isabella New Member

    Jun 25, 2019
    You can use salt, baking soda, vinegar, and/or lemon juice to deodorize and clean your sink. Mix whichever of these you have on hand into about a cup of the solution and pour it into the drain. Let it sit for an hour before flushing hot water down the drain.
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