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Sewer Snake Rental Tips


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If you have a sewer main clog and decide to clear it yourself the best way to get the necessary equipment is by renting it. Most drain snakes can be rented by the hour or by the day at a tool and equipment rental location. A sewer snake rental machine can be used to clear a sewer main line as long as you get the right machine and you know how to use it.

Here are some tips for renting a sewer drain snake:

  • Look for a sewer drain snake with a minimum cable width of ⅝” to ⅞”. A cable smaller than this will not be strong enough to cut through the typical main line stoppage.
  • Get a machine with at least 75 to 100’ of cable length. The length is needed because the sewer drain pipe is commonly quite long and a shorter cable may not be able to reach the clog.
  • Measure the distance from the clean out to the street so you can determine the length of cable necessary to clear the clog. If the distance from the clean out to the street is longer than the typical 100’ you will need to rent a drain snake with a longer cable.
  • Make sure to request a thorough explanation of how the machine works and any safety features it has. There are many different types of drain snakes available so it is important to be well acquainted with your particular model.
  • Ask about what gloves are appropriate to use with the machine you are renting. Leather gloves are typically used but you will want to know if there is a specific type they recommend.
When you get the sewer snake rental machine home go over the safety and use instructions over again. The more comfortable you are with using it the safer and easier it will be to use. Then review the instructions on how to clear a sewer drain clog carefully making sure to note all safety precautions.
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