Why Won’t My Drain Snake Go Down Bathtub Drain
After you go to the trouble of getting a drain snake for a clogged bathtub, you want it to work. Sometimes it doesn’t, and there could be a handful of reasons why. Some are more likely than others and they all require different solutions. If you need help, call our experienced plumbers at EPS Hawaii; if you’re on Oahu, call (808) 691-9309, or on the Big Island, call (808) 400-8811.
Top 4 Reasons Why
Here are four, ranked from most to least likely:
- Wrong-sized drain snake: generally, a small drum auger that’s 15 to 25 ft. long will fit in a drain and clear small clogs, but the dimensions of the pipe and your auger sometimes don’t match
- Dysfunctional drain snake: drain snakes usually last beyond their first use, but definitely don’t last forever, or you may have just been sold a dud
- Using too much force: you should never try to force something when it comes to plumbing, but especially when it comes to augering your tub extra force can cause the drain snake to double-back on itsel
- Really big blockage: a drain snake is not a one-size fits all solution, and it not being able to go down the drain can mean the issue lies with the clog not the snake
A caveat to all the above is to proceed with caution, check the stopper mechanism, and call a plumber when you’re unsure. Even if you have DIY experience, the right kind of plumber can bring decades of past proven knowledge to help out.