When your drain is backed up, your first reaction is to reach for the plunger. The plunger may seem like a lowly tool, but it actually does a great job of clearing out minor clogs. However, some clogs are just too tough for a plunger. Tree roots, for instance, won't budge at all unless they are destroyed and removed. When you have a clog that a plunger won't solve, it's time to call in a plumber. Clearing a drain is usually an easy job for a pro with the right tools. Here are two ways plumbers clear out drains.
Hydro jetting clears clogs, but the main benefit of using this method is that it cleans the whole drain. This ensures the entire clog is removed so there is less risk of another clog developing soon. Hydro jetting tears apart tree roots and completely clears them out of the drain. It also scours off the drain on the inside to remove sticky grease and rough scale that grabs onto paper and contributes to clogs.
Hydro jetting equipment consists of a long cable that's sent down the drain with an attachment at the end where a very forceful rotating stream of water shoots out. The stream of water hits all areas of the pipe so it is similar in a way to power washing the inside of your drain. In addition to clearing the clog, the water removes buildup and it can even get rid of drain odors along with the debris that is washed away.
You may have had a drain snaked out before. Snakes are an old standby for clearing out drains. They work very well on most clogs and they don't harm your pipes. That's why a drain snake is often the tool of choice for the average clog. A drain snake can be inserted in a toilet or drain. It can also be inserted in the clean out if you have one outdoors.
A snake works because of the rotating head with sharp blades or teeth that cut up the clog. A snake can even cut up tree roots. When the debris is made smaller, water pushes it on through the drain. A snake can punch through a clog, but it may leave some roots and sticky debris on the sides of the pipe. It doesn't really clean the drain, it just clears it out so water flows freely again.
While drain snaking is often all you need to clear out a clog, sometimes you need more power, especially if tree roots have taken over the pipe. Your plumber will help you decide which method is best so you get the optimal results without hurting your drain.
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