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.