There are a lot of names and brands of plastic drain-cleaning tools, and many are called zip-its because of the ribbed notches they have, but all of these tools are designed for the same purpose: to clean out a drainpipe. If you do not yet own one of these, get one. It can help you have clearer drains, and it can help you prevent having to call a plumber to get work done. Here are three things you should know about plastic drain-cleaning tools.
They are cheap
Almost any hardware store will sell these tools, and you can also order them online. The good news is that they are very cheap. Some come in packs of three, and you probably would not have to pay more than $10 in all for the three-pack. You can purchase them individually, too, in most cases, and buying just one may only cost $3. If you are wondering how such an inexpensive item can be so valuable, you should understand how this tool works.
How to use it
A plastic drain-cleaning tool is one of the easiest things to use in your drainpipes. You just force the end of the tool down a drainpipe and then you pull up. When you pull up, you might feel some resistance, so you should expect this. When you get it up and out of the pipe, you might see that the tool is covered with hair and gunk. You might also see that there is a lot of hair and gunk around the drain in the fixture.
This is the beauty of this type of tool. It easily allows you to remove gunk and hair from a drainpipe with very little effort.
Why you should have one
Using this type of tool might not eliminate a major clog you have. There is very little chance that it would, but it can help you keep your lines clearer as a form of preventative maintenance. If you use the tool in fixtures that are prone to clogs on a regular basis, you can reduce the debris trapped in the line. The result will be that you might be able to prevent major clogs in future times.
If you are currently dealing with a major clog that you cannot fix on your own, you should hire a company that offers drain cleaning services to assist you with fixing the problem.