How to Snake a Clogged Drain | Ask This Old House

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Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to clear a stopped bathtub or shower drain.
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Tools List for Snaking a Drain:
Drum Auger

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 a home center or plumbing supply store.

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