The history of drains and plumbing date back to ancient Egypt. Oddly enough, the great pyramids contain "bathrooms for the dead." Many of the pipes were made from copper. In Babylonia, plumbers helped to create the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. As plumbing techniques increased, drain techniques improved as well. However, one thing remained the same: Occasionally, the drains can clog. Using a drain auger or plumbing snake or pipe snake can help you clear most clogged drains. This article provides a guide to using a drain auger.