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A sewer snake (also known as a rooter machine, drain auger, or drain/plumbing snake) is a long device that clears drains of clogs. It is comprised of a long, flexible metal cable that allows for various attachments to fit on the end, based on what kind of function is needed. For example, a sewer clogged by root masses would require a blade attachment for cutting, while a clog caused by paper towels would need an auger attachment for grabbing and retrieving.

Sewer snakes can be hand-powered or electric, and are rotated in a spiral down into the clogged pipe until it reaches a blockage. Then the attachment on the end breaks apart the clog, as if "chewing" through, until the blockage is removed and pipe flow is restored. Several types of plumbing snakes are available for home and commercial use.

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