Steps To Cleaning A Plumbing Snake

Many homeowners at one point may need to use a plumbing snake. This is because the plumbing snake is what helps to unclog heavily clogged drains. Whenever you use a plumbing snake for this reason, you want to be sure that you clean it thoroughly afterwards.The snake can harbor a great deal of bacteria since it had been sent down in the drains that carry away waste from your home. By cleaning the snake, you can also be sure that you can keep the equipment around for a much longer period of time before needing to replace it. Here are the steps you should take to properly and thoroughly clean the plumbing snake:

  • Wear Protective Gear: All the bacteria that you could be dealing with on the snake can be dangerous to your health. This is why you should wear a mask, rubber gloves, and clothing that can be washed in warm water so that the bacteria can be killed. 
  • Make a Soapy Solution: In a bucket, you will want to make a soapy solution that will help to clean the snake cable. You will want to mix hot water with detergent. This soapy solution is then going to be rubbed against the snake cable multiple times with a rag. 
  • Sterilize with Hot Water: Once you have cleaned the snake cable with the soapy solution, you are going to want to rinse it with hot water. This is going to ensure that the cable has been sterilized. You also don't want to let the soap sit on the cable because it can make it sticky and slippery to use the next time that you need it. 
  • Let it Dry: Once you have rinsed the cable with hot water, you will want to let it dry before you place it back in storage. By allowing it to dry, you are ensuring that there is less of a chance that the equipment can be susceptible to water damage.
  • Lubricate the Cable: Once the cable has dried, you will want to lubricate the cable with a special oil for plumbing snakes, which you can find at your local hardware store. This will ensure that the cable will be much easier to push back into the machine it is attached to. 

By ensuring that you follow these steps, you can easily be sure that the cable is sterilized and much safer to use the next time that you need it. Talk to your plumber, such as T.C.R. Rooter & Plumbing Repair, for more tips on how to clean your tools.