Tips For Clearing A Residential Sewer Main Clog With A Rented Auger

If you find yourself with a backed up drain line between your home and the community sewer system or a septic tank and there aren't any plumbers available, then you always have the option of renting a mainline auger and doing the job yourself.

While this project can be a bit stinky and isn't terribly pleasant, it also isn't too hard for many homeowners to tackle when necessary. And, if you live in a rural area where you have to pay mileage for plumbing service calls, then renting an auger allows you to clear the line for a much cheaper price.

To clear the clog in your mainline and restore the flow of wastewater out of your home, use these augering tips:

Tip: Measure the Distance from Your Systems Cleanout Port and the Septic Tank

When you rent an auger from a local equipment rental store, it will come with ten-foot sections of cleaning cable. To clean the line you will need to connect together enough sections to reach the end of the line. 

To save yourself additional trips to the rental store or from having to carry around cleaning cables you don't need, measure the distance between your tank and your cleanout. It is always a good idea to get one extra section of cable just in case something breaks and you need to use a spare.

Tip: Start With the Arrowhead Attachment

When you start the cleaning process, use the arrowhead attachment first. This attachment is the most narrow option, but it will also be the easiest to get through clogged lines. Put the arrowhead through a few times and then switch to the basket attachment to remove any solids the arrowhead attachment cut loose. 

Tip: Use the Rotary Cutting Blade for Tree Root Intrusion Problems

If there are tree roots growing in your sewer main and that's what is currently causing the clog, then use the larger rotary cutting blade to cut them off and push them down into the tank. In areas with a lot of trees, you might need to do this every year or two to keep the lines free. 

Tip: Use a Flathead Screwdriver to Easily Change Attachment Heads

To more easily change from one attachment head to the next, use a flathead screwdriver to push in the small locking button where the cleaning cable and attachment connect together.

Tip: Consider Seeking Professional Plumbing Assistance

Finally, if you have decided this project just isn't for you, then consider seeking plumbing assistance from a professional plumbing company.