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Drain Snaking Vs. Hydro Jetting

As you hopefully already know, store-bought drain cleaners are a terrible way to deal with clogs in your pipes. Professional drain cleaning services are the best way to deal with waste buildup or other obstructions in your drain and sewer systems.

For you, that means that the entire process consists of phoning a plumber you trust and letting them handle it for you. Just because you won’t personally be handling the equipment, though, doesn’t mean that you would not benefit from knowing a bit more about the techniques involved. There are two primary methods used for most drain cleaning procedures: hydro jetting and drain snaking. Each of these methods has their own set of advantages, and are useful in different drain situations. Let’s go over a few of the pros and cons of each.

Drain Snaking

Drain snaking is the oldest, and most common, method of clearing clogged drains. A drain snake is a long cord with an auger on one end, and either a hand crank or a motor on the other. The cord is inserted into the drain until it comes into contact with the blockage, at which point the plumber uses the auger to clear it.

Drain snaking is a pretty quick and easy way to clean out the average drain. Pretty much every plumber has a drain snake as part of their regular toolset. The method is not without its disadvantages, though. The main issue with drain snaking is that it isn’t much good as a proactive measure. It’ll clear out all but the most stubborn clogs, yes, but it isn’t as thorough as other options. There will likely be a bit of waste left over in the pipe after it’s been snaked, even if the drain is still technically clear.

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting involves using a thin hose to spray a high-pressure stream of water down the drain pipe. The hose has a special sprayer head attached to it, which allows it to wash every part of the drain pipe. This makes the method much more thorough than drain snaking, and better for preventive drain cleaning. Hydro jetting can resolve the current problem, as well as prevent additional clogs from forming in the future. However, hydro jetting is not always the ideal solution.

There are some pipes that are not actually strong enough to cope with the pressure a hydro jet exerts. These are often cleaned by drain snaking instead. Hydro jetting is also more time consuming and resource-intensive to use, which is why most plumbers don’t jump straight to using it when a drain snake might work just as well. It all comes down to using the best tool for the job. That’s up to the individual plumber handling your situation.

Pipeworks Inc. offers drain cleaning services in Bloomington, IL. If you need drain and sewer services of any kind, we can help you out. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that your drain and sewer system serves you well.

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