The closet auger is probably one of the most useful plumbing tools a homeowner can buy for their home. It consists of a spring cable ending in a self feed auger head, at the other end is a handle. When the cable is inserted into the toilet the handle can be turned causing the end of the cable to break up a stoppage. It comes in two sizes ½” x 3 ½ ft. and ½” x 6ft. Buy the 6ft if you can afford it, the extra 2 ½”really comes
in handy and can usually push the blockage to the main. Some of the limitations faced when using a closet auger are as follows:
- The auger is used to clear stoppages in the toilet, because the longest auger is only 6ft, if your blockage is farther away the closet auger is useless.
- The spring cable is fairly flexible so there may be some blockages it can’t work through.
- You cannot change the head size or type.
- Because a closet auger is manually turned your torque is limited by the person turning it. It isn’t meant for really tricky stoppages.