How to Use a Toilet Auger?


When a toilet becomes blocked, the first step is to use a toilet auger. This tool looks like a typical cup-style plunger used on a sink, tub, or shower drain, but it includes a central flange that allows you to seal the tool against the drain opening in the toilet for plunging. Because of its design, the sink auger is sometimes known as a "drum auger" or "canister auger." It is made out of a flexible cable with a corkscrew at one end (the business end). The line is wrapped around a drum canister. When you've reached the clog, turn the corkscrew end into the clog to grab it and draw it out of the drain, the collar where the cable comes out includes a thumbscrew or other device for locking the cable. Yes, it's disgusting, but it works! Quite frequently, just utilizing this drum auger can clear whatever blockage is causing the issue.

The power drum auger is our top-rated alternative for cleaning clogs in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower drain, or tub drain. Its manual crank twists and turns the 1/4-inch cable down your pipes, while the screw-shaped head chews through semi-solid blockages and collects and recovers hair, paper, or other fibrous muck. The power drum auger is a versatile and efficient instrument that may be used alone or in conjunction with a power drill.

What to do if it Doesn't Work?

When a plunger fails to remove a blocked toilet, the next best choice is a toilet auger, often known as a closet auger after an old word for a bathroom, the water closet. Like a conventional drain snake, the toilet auger has a cable that is rotated by a handle. It is feasible to clear a toilet clog using a standard drain snake, but you will frequently leave disfiguring scratches on the bowl's bottom. A drain auger, on the other hand, will not damage your toilet's porcelain.

Tools and Materials

  • Toilet auger
  • Gloves


However, it is quite improbable that you will be required to advance to the following level. This is because the toilet auger will do the job in the great majority of situations. However, it is quite improbable that you will be required to advance to the following level. The toilet auger will do the job in the great majority of situations.

· Insert the Toilet Auger Cable

Pull the auger handle up until the cable's end is near the auger tube's bottom curved end. This bent elbow section makes it easy to feed the line into the toilet, and the rubber or plastic coating protects the toilet from scratches.

  • When correctly installed, you should not see the end of the auger cable; only the housing should be visible.
  • When working with the toilet auger cable, always use gloves.

· Handle Auger the Cable into the Clog

Like any other drain snake, the auger in the toilet operates by spinning the cable and inserting it into the drain hole. Most toilet clogs originate in the initial portion of the drain, in the trap arrangement incorporated into the toilet's porcelain body. However, the toilet auger has enough cable to extend beyond the toilet and, in some instances, all the way to the main dirt stack. However, if the blockage extends beyond that location, such as in the primary sewage system, a different treatment is required.

  • Hold the auger of the toilet housing with one hand and maintain it in place.
  • Crank the auger with the other hand on the handle to gradually push the cable into the toilet drain. Work carefully and patiently since too much effort might cause the wire to double back on itself instead of moving through the drain.
  • You may need to implement the direction of the cranking action many times to get the cable into the toilet.
  • Crank in the same direction until the cable will no longer feed, then switch to the opposite direction and gently provide the line until the auger handle is tight against the top of the auger tube. Once the cable has reached its full extent, rotate it several times. The resistance indicates that the line has reached the blockage.
  • Pull the auger out of the toilet by twisting the handle and pulling backwards once the cable has pushed its way through the obstruction.
  • Flush the toilet after removing the cable to determine whether the blockage has gone away. Most of the time, the jam now flushes through the toilet and into the drain system. Flush the toilet many times to ensure that the drain is clear.
  • If required, repeat the snaking procedure. When completed, wipe the auger cable dry (it will rust if not) and store it.
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