Does It Work: BAAM Drain Blaster

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Published: Jun. 14, 2017 at 7:21 PM CDT
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If you're looking for a quick fix to clogged pipes in your sinks, tubs, and toilets, you may want to give the BAAM Drain Blaster a shot!

The high pressure drain cleaner promises to use compressed air to clear clogged pipes that are causing you problems. Shane Konicki puts it to the test in Does it Work.

At some point or another probably all of us are going to have to deal with clogged pipes. And for the most part, we kind of just want the problem to go away. Well the makers of the BAAM Drain Blaster say that clearing those pipes could be as easy as pulling a trigger and then 'BAAM,' your problem is unclogged.

So a pump action, high pressure device that promises to be the simple and easy way to clear clogs in your tub, toilet, and sink. We picked up one online for about $22.99 …But Does it Work?

To find out if the Drain Blaster will annihilate your clogs, we enlisted the help of Brian Lyday, a plumber if Lyday Plumbing. Brian’s been plumbing for years, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to opening up clogged pipes.

"When I see the picture on the box, it looks like the whole thing is designed out of plastic," he said. "Which doesn’t impress me, but it’s not going to deter me. It might be a good item, so let’s check it out."

To check out if the Drain Blaster can blast clogs away, we’re going to try it out on this toilet that’s been clogged with lots of toilet paper. Brian pops on the fitting for the toilet. Just to test that air will come out when we use it, he Pumps the blaster 15 times, and pulls the trigger to test it.

It works. So this time Brian pumps it 20 times and we try it on the clog.

It shoots the air at the blockage, but looking at the toilet...we see the clog still hasn’t been cleared. The instructions say it may need to be used more than once-

"Let’s try it again," Brian said.

So we pump it 20 times and give it another shot .

We hear a noise like something is slowly draining, but when we flush the toilet. It’s obvious the clog is still there.

If the clog was fixed on that one, should it have gone down immediately?

"Oh yeah," Brian said.

After getting similar results with a third try, Brian tries the clog with a different plumbing tool. A standard plunger.

"Agitate it, and pop it," he said. "That right there is a better technique, would save me more money. I don’t see how you’re building up enough pressure in a small item, to come out of this bigger hole. So no, I wouldn’t recommend that, I’d have to recommend this..Okay. A plunger, just a regular plunger."

Does this product work?

"I would say for what it’s promising, it does not deliver," Brian said.

The Drain Blaster also says it works on tubs and sinks. Brian told Shane that the toilet, because of the type of clog, would be a good indicator to see if this product worked.

We reached out to the company, and they told us that clearing pipes with this product can sometimes depend on the severity of the clog, and that they’ve had many satisfied customers with the Drain Blaster.