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What are drain and chimney rods? 

 
         
         
  Shop for Drain and Chimney Rods  
         
         
  Wonkee Donkee Drain Rod sets for unblocking chimneys and drains  

Drain and chimney rods are tools used by plumbers and chimney sweeps as well as DIYers to unblock and clean drains, sewers, chimneys and flues.  

 

A drain or chimney rod set normally consists of several stiff but flexible rods, each typically 1m long (3’3″), which can be connected together end-to-end in order to reach the desired length.

 
         
  Wonkee Donkee Nylon chimney rods and Polypropylene rods are physically different and perform different functions  

The majority of drain and chimney rods are in fact the same thing, with the exception of nylon and fibreglass rods which have been designed for narrow flues and chimneys with tight bends.

 

Nylon and fibreglass rods would be far too thin and flexible to be used to clear blockages in a drain, but are extremely effective when used as a power sweeper for a chimney.

 
         
  Wonkee Donkee Rodding a Drain to dislodge a blockage  

Once the rods and the appropriate tool (e.g. plunger, double worm screw) have been connected together, they are inserted into a drain or sewer from an access point, usually a manhole chamber, and used to dislodge a blockage. 

 

For more information, see our section: What tools are available for drain rods?

 
         
  Wonkee Donkee Sweeping a flue from the top down  

By fixing various brushes to the end of the rod, they can be used to sweep chimneys and flues to remove soot, creosote and other obstructions.

 

For more information, see our section: What tools are available for chimney rods?