Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems across the country. Drain clogs can get incredibly frustrating and at times nightmarish for homeowners. If you don’t maintain the health of your plumbing, your pipes are more susceptible for nasty clogs. Many homeowners make the mistake of waiting too long to get their drains cleaned up. It is much harder to clear out a clog tan to prevent the clogging in the first place.
It takes a professional to clean a drainage system and doing it on your own can cause more problems than solutions. Hiring a good plumber to maintain the health of your home drainage system can help you avoid clogs and blocks. When it comes to draining cleaning, there are a couple of methods that you should know.
Both these methods are used on a regular basis by professionals to clean drains and have their own merits. Let’s look at what these methods are and how do they compare.
1. Using a Drain Snake
I am sure that you must have seen or heard about drain snakes. It is one of the most common methods of cleaning and unclogging a drain. It is simple, easy to do and hence, it is the first choice of most plumbers.
A drain snake is a long flexible cord with an auger at the tip. The cable is forced through the pipe till it meets whatever that is clogging the drain. Once the flexible cord meets the block, it is rotated, either manually or with a power drill. The drilling bores through the block, which can then be pulled out with the cord.
A drain snake is great if the clogs that are small and can be easily dislodged. It is ideal if the clog is made of hairballs or similar material. However, not all clogs can be cleared using a drain snake. Some tough clogs require a more robust method as we will soon see. Also, a drain snake does a little to avoid clogging. It is more a tool to eliminate the current clogs than to prevent future clogs.
2. Using Hydro Jets
Hydro jetting is one of the more modern methods of sewer repair & cleaning and unclogging drains. It is usually not the first choice of a plumber, but it has advantages over the traditional drain snake system.
A hydro jet is essentially a high force water jet. It is used to force water through the drain pipes, and the pressure of the water dislodges the blocks. You can think of it as a high-pressure hose, say like a fire hydrant. However, a hydro jet is not merely a simple high-pressure hose. The water flow coming out of the hydro jet is ‘omnidirectional.’ In other words, a hydro jet can spray water in all directions inside a clogged drain pipe. It creates a high pressure within the drainage pipe and dislodges the block quickly.
Another advantage of using a hydro jet is the fact that it cleans the drains thoroughly. A hydro jet can wash away even the most stubborn clogs and build up inside the drain. It can not only take care of your immediate problem but also can prevent the problem from happening in the future.
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