Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 14
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DIYrepair123 Saved the Day!
I bought this in an emergency situation. My sewer main was completely blocked. A plumber had been out to my house before to unclog our sewer main a few years ago and charged $300. I bought this auger for $30 at home depot and it did the trick. I jammed this back and forth once I hit the clog and shot water down the cleanout using the garden hose. After a few tries winding it back and forth....voooommm. The water went right down the drain!
June 14, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5Â by oklanadian Good, but not for root problem.
I had a blocked sewer drain pipe and ran this through it from my cleanout. All 40' went in and nothing happened, I still had standing water. I did this a couple of times. I thought the clog was further along so I spent a couple hours trying to run the sewer snake as well as other 'hand' snakes from where it drains into a manhole and becomes city responsibility back up the line. It doesn't like 90 degree turns, but after bending the end slightly I was able to get it around the bend but it hit something else. After digging three holes to see if I had a broken pipe I found out that I had a section of cement pipe in between sections of PVC. Nothing broken and no wet ground though, thank goodness! I decided to try running the sewer snake back through the cleanout but this time I moved it back and forth every couple of feet. Suddenly the water level went down and I had a small but steady flow. I tried flushing out the pipe with my water hose but it would back up again. So I went to Home Depot and rented a 50' 1/2" manual snake and pulled out a couple of clumps of roots. The water level went down even further. I flushed it with water and I barely had any water left in my sewer drain. The snake worked like a charm in 10 minutes! Anyway, to sum up this long review, the encased sewer snake did help some, and would be good for other obstructions, though it doesn't like 90 degree elbows. But if you know or think you have a root problem then just go for the rental snake right off the bat. It was cheaper than the encased sewer snake as well.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MikeB45 Works Great!
Tried to break up the blockage with a smaller 19foot snake that I already had, but the blackage was farther down the pipe. When I did finally remove the blockage it took all 40feet of the encased sewer rod to get it. I actually had to completely unwind the spool of metal wire it was that far down (Also, once unwound, it was quite easy to get it back into the plastic enclosure).
The only difficulty was that it was a bit tough to get the tip past the curve of the 45degree PVC fitting, but I just bent it slightly and eventually it worked great. Saved me a lot of money calling a plumber!
December 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Yukon721 Awesome Tool
As other reviewers said they needed more footage than the snakes they had on hand. Same here, I have a hand crank snake that was 25 feet long. The clog was at least 30 feet down the pipe from the clean out. It took 3 tries to unclog the pipe. Judging by the content at the end of the spear head, it looked like grease, hair and calcified water. It was a semi hard substance that this thing broke up. It took a bit of time but I figured I saved at least 300 to 400 bucks (minus the 30 bucks spent for the tool) by not calling a plumber. It was worth it. Lucky for me the 2" pipe was straight with no curves to deal with. Once I was finished I took the tool outside and rinsed it off and dabbed it with a light coat of 3 in 1 oil so it doesn't rust.
November 10, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by MAIq Manageable
Product was useful to do the job of what was described. The tip was stiff and you may have to bend a little to push it through the bends. It was a solid one. 4/5 because the casing was not secured with the rod and it was popping out quickly.
July 18, 2012