ASOTV: The Turbo Snake

Clogged and slow moving drains usually mean plungers, harsh chemicals or a call to a plumber.

But wouldn't it be great if you could pass on the Drano or the costly call to the Plumber?

The Turbo Snake advertises it can do just that and it is a lot less work than using a plunger.

It's essentially a smaller, simpler version of a snake a plumber might use, or one you can get at a hardware store.

It's a rubber coated wire with a stiff brush on the end that's supposed to easily slither down your drain when you twist it, and remove the clog.

But would the Turbo Snake get "skinned" in our "As Seen on TV" test?

So here we have the turbo snake and here we have a clogged drain. As you can see the water is just standing in there and likely, as is this culprit in most cases, it’s a combination of hair and grease and other debris that's clogging the drain. So, we're going to see if the Turbo Snake can put a bite into that clog. You just unfurl it and work it down into the drain. Like any industrial snake or snake you buy at the hardware store, a twisting motion is needed to work your way through the drain and down to the clog. Let's see if I can pull anything out. There you see. I got a little bit. The one problem I can see with this is that it's not very long. If the clog is far down the pipe, so to speak, it's not going to help you much. We've got more coming out but it's obvious this clog is way beyond the p-trap.

Here, we have a slow moving shower drain. And I'll see if the Turbo Snake can make this drain better. I'm twisting it and pulling out some of the hair that's clogging it--that's a start. It's starting to pull the hair out, but is the drain, draining any better? In fact, it's hardly draining at all.

So here's the verdict on the Turbo Snake: if you have a clogged drain, it's probably not going to work. It says it's made for slow drains. We used it on the shower, it did pull up quite a bit of hair and it did finally drain. Now, if you're going to spend ten to twenty five dollars, you might be better off buying the kind of snake that fit on the end of your drill or a hand snake. So, while it does seem to work on slow drains, in terms of a clogged drain, it doesn't seem to slither through and unclog the drain. So, we're going to give the turbo snake the partial thumbs up.

Again, I think if it were just a foot longer, the Turbo Snake would be more effective.

I paid $10 for mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

It's in a lot of stores and on the internet.

For more information, visit the Turbo Snake site by clicking here.

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