Can snaking a drain damage pipes?

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asked Jan 13 in Maintenance/Repairs by barbararramos (270 points)
Can snaking a drain damage pipes?

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answered Jan 13 by Grahlu (27,080 points)
If you use a powered drain snake it could damage the pipes if not used correctly but using a hand plumbing snake should not cause any damage to the pipe since PVC pipe is pretty strong and can hold up to some abuse.

If you use a powered sewer cleaner or sewer or drain snake then it could potentially damage the pipes but it very unlikely.

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