The Great Snake

By Dominic Vautier
2/2003


It is often a continuing mystery to me just exactly what goes down a drain pipe especially when you have a bunch of kids who continue to consider anything and everything fair game for the sink.  So it was my unfortunate circumstance to deal with our upstairs front bathroom.  One day it seriously backed up.  I grappled with this evil demon on several different occasions and each time it kept blocking up.  I used at first force, then imagination, then obscene oaths and jesters to rid of this sink of its diabolical blockage.  I used the standard snake which has a head well equipped for the usual debris (hair, soap scum, and grime).

 

standard snake used for normal drain blockage

 

 

This did not work.  I was stopped cold about 15 feet down the pipe after two easy 45 degree turns.  I think it could be a metal bottle cap or plastic cap.  I modified one of my snakes to grab the obstacle but I could not even get past the blockage.  finally in desperation and after a lot of thought and design work, I modified the snake head to hold a 3/16 drill and was at least able to drill past the obstruction.  This being accomplished I devised a sweeper arm further down on the snake composed of a nail securely anchored to the wire core.  I was then able to clear the drain.  I then followed it up with the standard snake head and encountered no further problems.  I sincerely hope that this information can help any and all of you who feel the utter hopelessness of having to call a plumber and spend untold dollars.
specially designed super snake to remove blockages of unusual difficulty using modified snake head which consisted of a drill bit followed by a sweeper claw. This is my modified snake head which consisted of a drill bit followed by a sweeper claw.