How to Make Your Own Toilet Auger

What You'll Need
Semi-stiff steel cable (thickness must be the same as drill bit)
What You'll Need
Semi-stiff steel cable (thickness must be the same as drill bit)

The toilet auger (also known as a drain snake) comes in two versions: waste pipe augers and W/C augers, also referred to as the water closet, a plumbing related name for toilet. Many people are familiar with the waste pipe auger, an extended, firmly twisted flexible steel wire that has a corkscrew auger on one side and a crank on the other side.

The W/C auger is a bit less common; it is a quite short variation of the plumbing snake that has a stiff end which is more effortless to drive down into the toilet drain. Here is a method to improvise a toilet auger:

  • Powerful hand drill
  • Metal wire cutter
  • Measuring tape

Step 1- Cut the Right Size of Steel Cable

Measure the required length of steel cable. Cut the required length of steel cable using a wire cutter. The length of the steel cable will depend on the length of waste pipe you want to unclog. Internal waste pipes in the toilet will require a short length of steel cable, about 1.5 meters to 4 meters. External waste pipes from the W/C pan connector may need a longer length.

Step 2 – Attach One End of Cable to Drill

Attach one end of the steel cable to the drill where drill bits are fitted in. The thickness of the steel cable should be the same as the drill bit to fit tightly. Create a hook, about 35mm girth, at the other end of the steel cable

Step 3 – Switch the Drill On

Put on rubber hand gloves and power on the drill. Thrust the steel wire into the toilet drain while spinning the steel cable handle clockwise. Instead of using the drill to spin the cable, you can use your hands. Continue changing the grip while you push the cable into the toilet drain.

Push the steel cable. As soon as you feel the steel cable reach the congestion, continue spinning and draw back a little to gnaw away and scatter the congestion.

Step 4 – Mash and Scrap the Congestion

Press forward once more to mash, scrape away and, finally, push the steel cable through the blockage.

Step 5 – Pull the Blockage to the Front

Reverse the direction. If at all possible, draw the congestion out from the front part of the waste pipe. At this particular instance, the work becomes untidy, so get a pail and old cleaning cloths ready and yank the steel wire back through a disposable towel or durable rag.

Step 6 – Open the Branch Pipe Intersection

Locate another access point. In case pulling the blockage to the front does not work, get a branch clean-out, a hygienic T connection that has a stopper in one fork, situated down the waste pipe that extends from the fitting to the central soil stack pipe, usually noticeable in an underground room or crawl space. Using a big pail beneath the clean-out, gradually pull the plug using a wrench. Prepare yourself: waste material and water may come out.

Step 7 – Push in Steel Cable

Push the plumbing auger in via the branching pipe as explained in Steps 1 to 4. If perhaps you do not find any blockage in the branching pipe, the congestion might be in the central vent and waste stack pipe or perhaps inside the sewer pipe.