Have you ever seen an infomercial on television and wondered if the product shown actually worked? Well I’m here to say in this case, sorta?!?! I usually hate cheap tools that don’t work as advertised but this particular tool is so cheap that I’m down with it. It’s the plastic drain clearing thingy you see hanging in the aisles at the home improvement stores or on those commercials. This is my version I bought.
Sorry for the blurry pic but you get the idea. Why am I, a self-professed tool snob, ok with a cheap mediocre tool you may ask? Well, I believe if you know its limitations and it fills a needed niche then I’m cool. The niche is this; You have a clogged drain in your bathroom vanity sink. That’s it, no more. It won’t work for your kitchen sink, your toilet, maybe with your bathtub drain if the stars align and it is your lucky day. You can store this cheap plastic thing, about two feet long, somewhere convenient and pull it out for the sink when needed without having to go get your drain snake which is more than likely going to be about ten feet long and is like bringing a gun to a knife fight. Don’t worry about noxious chemicals that have to sit in your drain while you are just waiting to shave or brush your teeth. Also, those chemicals are not good for your pipes and certainly not good going into our water system. Heck, you could even throw it away after each use and it still wouldn’t be a financial burden. You may want to chuck it when you see what it pulls out of your drain, ugh! It works by having these little barbs cut into the plastic on the sides which only catch stuff when pulled back out.
A little operational note. My version is flat. This means that it really only bends side to side. That being said, when you cram it down your drain take the bend of the pipe into account and position the cleaner so it bends properly.
I was going to include a quick pic of the cleaner in action or a video of me clearing my drain but honestly, people should not be subjected to what comes out of someone else’s drain. It makes me kinda gaggy just thinking about it. So that’s it! Go out and get your local version and have fun.
Thanks for reading,
That Home Inspector Guy