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Steps for snaking a clogged drain

  1. Richard recommends avoiding drain-cleaning chemicals when possible.
  2. He instead suggests using a drum auger, also called a snake, for clearing a stoppage.
  3. For a shower, remove the strainer and run the snake down the drain until the stoppage clears.
  4. In a bathtub, remove the overflow and run the snake through that opening.


Drum augers can be found at home centers or plumbing supply stores.