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Trib Tested: Drano Snake Plus

| Monday, September 5, 2011 12:00 a.m

The claim: This new drain-cleaning kit is guaranteed to clear clogs the first time, or it’s free. Drano Snake Plus combines an easy-to-use, 18-inch flexible tool with a powerful pro concentrate gel, the most powerful one from Drano, which clings directly to the clog and helps dissolve it away.

Cost: $6.99

Where: Food, drug, DIY and mass-merchandise stores or

My trouble was not so much a clog as it was a slo-o-ow drain. I’ve tried plenty of drain-clearing products, and they seem to work well enough for the short haul. But, very soon after, the slowness creeps back into the drain. Drano Snake Plus cleaning kit was worth a shot. I’d never used a snake tool before, and figured it offered a good chance to actually make a difference.

The disposable red-plastic tool was easy to work, but certainly isn’t reusable. More than a few of the snake’s teeth chipped off during use. And, really, who would want to keep it around with remnants of all that drain gunk on it• Being plastic allowed the snake tool to be flexible, but not enough to make it trouble-free; negotiating the curved trap was a bit of a struggle. And, while a professional snake can get deep into pipes, this short tool just couldn’t get that far in.

However, the Drano gel that I poured in afterward seemed to do the trick on my drain. It’s been about three weeks now, and our sink still is draining great. Maybe there is something to this snake thing, after all.

— Chris Pastrick

No matter how fastidious a person is cleaning a bathroom, one issue tends to crop up: Clogged drains. For simple clogs, any old drain cleaner usually does the trick. But for those stubborn blockages that never seem to go away, a plumber often is required.

Drano Snake Plus boasts that it can unclog almost any drain by way of its dual-action process. First, insert an 18-inch tool — a spindly, red apparatus — in the drain. Jiggle the snake around a bit, then pour the gel — a goopy solution — down the drain. (Don’t forget to discard the tool afterward; it’s good for only one use. Wait 30 minutes, then flush with hot water.

The clog we worked has been a persistent problem, but Drano Snake Plus worked. Two weeks later, the drain still is clear.

— Rege Behe

Between hair in the shower drain and gloop in the kitchen sink, I use my fair share of chemical drain decloggers. Drano Snake Plus is one of those ideas that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. Of course, says Mr. Obvious, it makes perfect sense to use a toned-down version of the plumber’s tool to break up clogs prior to applying the gunk-destroying gel. It works so well, I suspect I will be spending less money on these products in the future, because the drain will be cleaner and clearer after its first use.

— Sally Quinn

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