How to Snake a Clogged Drain
Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to clear a stopped bathtub or shower drain
- Richard recommends avoiding drain-cleaning chemicals when possible.
- He instead suggests using a drum auger, also called a snake, for clearing a stoppage.
- For a shower, remove the strainer and run the snake down the drain until the stoppage clears.
- 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.