How to Use a Drain Auger with a Drill

How to use a drain auger with a drill is very similar to using a manual drain auger.

Some drain augers give you the choice of manually cranking your auger cable into your drain or using a cordless drill to add some extra power for getting rid of tough clogs.

We will walk you through how to use a drain auger with a drill below so you can save some cash on hiring Pros.

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Using a Drain Auger with a Drill Attachment: Supply List

Get the following things done before you start augering and unclogging your drain with a drain auger will be super easy.

  • Charged Drill Battery
  • Bucket to catch water under the sink
  • Gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • Rags or towel to clean up any messes
  • Turn off the water supply to your sink.  The knobs will be under your sink.  Turn them all the way to the right until they’re tight
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Water supply valves under your sink to turn off before working on your drains

How to Use a Drain Auger with a Drill: 12 Step by Step Instructions

How to use a snake with a drill is almost the same as using it manually.  Except the drill attached to the drum of your auger helps to give your auger cable so torque to power through the toughest clogs.

Saves you the elbow grease and energy so you can get onto another DIY task. Follow our quick and easy instructions below to get that drain running clear as fast as possible.

  1.  Remove the sink stopper.  Or, bypass it all together and go under the sink, remove the pipe and start from the P trap, where most clogs are hiding anyways
  2.  Feed the auger cable down the drain pipe a few inches at a time.  Keep feeding the cable even if you think you should’ve hit the clog by now  
  3.  Finally, when you hit something solid, that’s your clog  
  4.  Feed about 6-12 more inches of the cable into the drain.  This ensures that you’ve really got a hold of the gunk and hair clogging up your drain
  5.  Tighten the auger cable so it doesn’t move all over the place when you start your drill
  6.  Attach your cordless drill to the shaft like connection on the outside of your auger, near the manual crank handle
  7.  Turn on your cordless drill by using the trigger and start slowly spinning the cable
  8.  Apply enough force to your auger so that it works it way down your drain and through the clog.  Gentle force is really all that’s needed
  9.  Continue to work your cable into the drain while applying force so that you get every clog out of your pipe
  10.  Wind your auger back out of the drain by changing the direction of your cordless drill or manually cranking the cord back into the auger drum.  Don’t forget to wipe it off as you wind it back up 
  11.  Test your drain to make sure it’s flowing  
  12.  Repeat if required  
Before storing your auger, apply General Wire Snake Oil to your cable after you’ve cleaned it. This stops rust and keeps your cable from getting stiff and kinking while it’s in storage.


How to use a drain auger with a drill is a skill that will save you time and effort.  If you’ve already got a cordless drill at home, you can buy a quality drum auger and get those drains unclogged fast without having to call the Pros in.