5 Most Essential Drain Cleaning Tools

5 Most Essential Drain Cleaning Tools

Perhaps the most common plumbing problem faced by homeowners is clogged drains that aren’t working efficiently to do their job. Fortunately, with the right drain cleaning tools you can usually keep such issues to a minimum and fix them quickly when they arise. Additionally, if you ever need professional assistance, Ready & Able Plumbing and our qualified technicians are more than happy to provide you with the help you need. Here are five of the most essential tools to have for cleaning your drains.

Standard Tools

Having some standard tools on hand is a smart idea for loosening and removing the top of the drain. Wrenches, screwdrivers, and other basic resources are the easiest to use when gaining access to the actual clog.


One of the most flexible drain cleaning tools is the snake. This long, wire, tube-like tool is used to push blockages the rest of the way down the pipe. Often, it has a grip handle which you hold firmly while carefully pushing the remaining wire down the drain. Some snakes are made with a small clasp on the end that can be manipulated to grab and remove some of the junk that may be obstructing water flow.


Plungers are quite common and can be used to suction and release backup in order to get drainage working again. Plungers often come in many sizes so you can find something that will work for the size drain you have.

Wire Brushes

Many supply stores sell small wire brushes that can be used to clean some of the gunk after removing blockages from a drain. Used with hot water and soap, these brushes work similar to a toothbrush.

Drain Cleaning Chemicals

There are a variety of drain cleaning chemicals you can use to remove some of the buildup that may be in your drain. Remember to follow the instructions on the label.

At Ready & Able, we are happy to answer your questions about drain cleaning tools and can quickly provide you with information to your questions. Call us today at 717-963-2034.

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