Drain cleaning machines are products and devices used to unblock pipes and for preventing clogs in drains. This type of machinery includes flexible, rotating cutting devices specifically designed to remove clogs in non-process drainage systems. Power options for drain cleaning machinery often include manual, electric, hydraulic and pneumatic. Machine types are commonly available with flexible cable lengths of up to 125 feet (40 meters).
Common types of drain cleaning machines include drain plumber/sewer snakes, sewer machines, drain machines, toilet jacks, electric eels, drill-powered drain cleaners, and hydraulic root cutters. Sewer snakes, also known as drain augers or closet augers, are cable drain cleaning devices with an offset hand crank, long sleeve handle, and a hook at the end for breaking through or retrieving the drain obstruction. Plumber or sewer snakes may be manual or electronic tools.