How to Use an Electric Drain Auger

How to use an electric drain auger is a skill all people need.  

Every day, folks find themselves dealing with clogged drains that are difficult to fix without the help of extra tools. 

Instead of hiring a professional plumber, you can take care of the clog on your own, which saves you time and money. By following these simple steps, you can use an electric drain auger to your advantage. 

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How to Use an Electric Drain Auger 

Using an electric drain auger to unclog drains is not hard and doesn’t take a ton of skill.  Good news is anyone can do it!  Save yourself a few bucks and get that drain unclogged yourself.

  1. Preparing your work area 
  2. Inserting your auger
  3. Feeding the auger
  4. Removing your drain auger

Step 1: Preparation 

The very first steps are to make sure you prepare yourself and the drain. Charge your augers battery to make sure it has power to unclog your drain.

In addition, you’ll want to make sure that you’re wearing safety gear like gloves, goggles and old clothes that cover your skin.  You don’t want whatever is causing the clog or your drain cleaning to get on your skin. 

Make sure you have a large black garbage bag or can handy; something to put your auger in after your finished unclogging your drain.  It could have goo and drain cleaning chemicals on it that you don’t want getting on your floors, counters etc.  This way you have a handy way to carry the auger outside and hose it off afterwards.

Step 2: Inserting the Auger 

Next, you’re going to want to insert your drain auger into your drain. Be careful not to scratch your sink as you insert your auger.  

Step 3: Feeding the Auger 

With the cable in your drain, turn on the motor for your electric drain auger.   Using the trigger on your electric drain auger, start to auto feed the cable down your drain. Once you start to feel your auger slow down, then you’ve reached the area where the clog is located. 

At this point, you will want to continue working the cable of your electric drain auger down your drain.  This will spin and push the end of your auger through the trapped debris, releasing and grabbing the gunk in your drain.

Most electric drain auger have 25 foot long metal cords so they are long enough to reach the most common and toughest clogs you can throw at them.   

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.

Step 4: Removing the Drain Auger 

Once you’ve gotten rid of any resistance, you can then auto retract the auger cable. Make sure to wipe off the cable as it’s retracting back into the auger.

It’s time to run water into the drain to see if the issue has been resolved. It’s highly likely water will begin to drain perfectly again, which means that you have removed the clog. 

In the event that the clog isn’t removed, try augering your drain again, making sure to use the full length of the cable.  Your drain could be clogged further down the drain than expected.

If you’ve tried a few times and can’t seem to get the clog out, at this point, you may want to consider reaching out to a professional.  The model below is the Ryobi one+ which is super easy to use!


How to use an electric drain auger can be done by anyone if you follow the steps above.  It only takes a few minutes and save you a ton of cash to unclog a drain yourself.