General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM Spin-Thru Drain Auger Review

General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM

General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM Breakdown


The General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM Spin-Thru Drain Auger with ¼-Inch by 25-Feet Cable is one of the top manual hand drain augers you will find on Amazon.

But does is it work?

Sort of. The R-25SM auger is often used on toilet clogs and bathtub drain clogs. So we put it to the test. First, we tried it out on a typical toilet clog caused by one of our employees. In the hands of a skilled plumber, it wasn’t too hard to clear. The cable was a bit too stiff for our liking, which makes it hard to maneuver within drains. The cable is prone to bending as well, making it relatively useless after repeated use. It became apparent that The General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM will destroy itself on anything other than superficial drain clogs.

It gets even better:

When we tried it on a typical bathtub drain clog caused by hair the auger unit it couldn’t even get through the drain! Sure, we could have removed the drain, but the average person won’t go that far or even consider it an option.

The build quality of the General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM

The hand auger is made of plastic. It’s not going to win any awards in that department. The hand crank is cumbersome and could easily require two people to properly use it, but our plumber managed to wrangle it with enough force. The auger did not retract well at all, which required it to be pulled out by hand. This manufacturing issue alone will scare off the average consumer because no one wants to touch poop. The set screw is metal, yet still frail and cheap.

How to operate the General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM Spin-Thru Drain Auger

The instruction manual wasn’t included in our package so we’ll elaborate for anyone in the same boat.

Remove any sink stopper from the drain. Then loosen the setscrew and send the auger cable through the drain by cranking the handle.

Push the auger through until it hits the clog. Then extend out 12 inches more of the cable and tighten the set screw.

Pull the cable in and out by a few inches to help clear the clog.

Keep extending the cable and working the cable until you’ve cleared the clog.

Retract the cable, by hand if you have to, and hopefully, you’ll have a gross present waiting for you on the auger head!

Removing your p-trap and augering through it may help you avoid damaging this budget auger.

We gave General Pipe Cleaners R-25SM Spin-Thru Drain Auger a 2 star review out of 5 because we could at least clear one drain, which is probably why most people buy it in the first place. However, it will take some patience or aptitude to use it successfully.

If this auger failed to work for you and you’re in San Diego, give us a call at 1-844-372-4643 24/7 to get your drain clog cleared.