My boss tried the Drain Weasel on a clogged drain she had at home and it worked like a charm. So she asked me to try it out. The package said that chemical drain cleaners don’t always completely clear a drain of hair, which I suppose can be true. And I can understand people being hesitant to put chemicals into their septic systems, or worried about the heat of the chemical reaction damaging plastic pipes. Heavier metal snakes can do damage to old corroded drain pipes. So the thin, light-weight Drain Weasel looked like a reasonable alternative.
The Design of the Drain Weasel Hair Clog Tool
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a clog to test in on. But I decided to try it out, none the less, just to see how it worked, mechanically. I took it home and tried it in my bathroom tub. The Drain Weasel consists of a plastic handle with a free-spinning sleeve on it, and a thin rod with a couple of inches of velcro-like hooks at the end. The rod snaps into the handle and can be turned with the handle while holding on to the sleeve. The rod is very thin and flexible and I had no problem inserting it into my tub’s drain the full length. If there had been a clog, I suppose I would have felt it. As I pulled it out, I turned the handle. As simple as the mechanism is, it seemed to me to be a little over-designed, because it came apart as I drew the rod out. I would have preferred to have the rod screw into the handle. It would mean that you could only rotate the handle in one direction. But the connection would be much more secure. Honestly, you could use the rod alone and just turn it with your fingers.
The Drain Weasel Hair Clog Tool Grabs the Hair
In any case, The Drain Weasel pulled a little bit of gunk and hair out of the drain. And I can imagine it pulling out a lot more, if there had been more in there. We have all seen the way velcro picks up hair, and this is the same principle. My boss tried it and loved it. And from what I saw, I can give it a qualified recommendation. Next time I have a real clog, I’ll give it another try. – Andy
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