Drain clogs can not only cause stress in your everyday routines, they can cause additional stress in your bank account. There are many techniques to unclog your drains, but which one is the most effective? If your sink’s clog is too much for a heave of a plunger can fix, you may want to consider either snaking or hydro jetting.
What is Snaking?
Plumbing snakes are usually long metal or plastic cable that has small blades coming from all angles. This device is threaded down your drain and into your pipes. The blades on the sides catch onto objects that are, most likely, causing the clog and are pulled out. You can tell when the snake has reached the clog because you can begin to feel resistance from the particles that are stuck to the sides. There are two types of of snaking devices. There is a straight tube or J-shaped bend. The straight tube is used for sink drains, while the J-shaped snakes are intended for toilets.
Why Use A Plumbing Snake?
Plumbing snakes are handy when it comes to clogs. When your sink, toilet or tub is clogged and is not draining you may find that your plunger cannot do the trick. The plumbing snake is the next step up that can help eliminate the clog without having to hire a professional. The snake can also be beneficial for notifying you of bigger problems. If your snake cannot eliminate a clog, it may be time to bring in a professional to assess the problem. These devices are affordable and can be found at your local hardware store or online.
What is Hydro Jetting?
Hydro jetting is a system that can eliminate more serious clogs. This system uses a high-pressure hose with specialized nozzles that blasts water through drains to eliminate clogging. The water is forced down the drain and the high-pressure water pushes grease, hair, mineral buildup and other debris through the drains. Hydro jetting is also powerful enough to eliminate tree roots that are growing through pipes that may be causing problems with draining and pressure. This type of process is usually handled by a professional.
Why use Hydro Jetting?
Hydro jetting eliminates more than just small clogs. It completely cleans out the pipes. The high-pressure spray removes more build up, like grease and minerals, off of the walls of pipes. Performing routine hydro jetting can help increase your pipes lifespan. Although this process is more expensive than snaking, it can lead to longer lasting pipes and less frequent clogs.
Both hydro jetting and snaking are great options to help eliminate clogs from your drains. If you are looking for a quick fix to your kitchen or bathroom clog, snaking may be the better option. They are ideal for removing occasional blockages and slow draining. If your drains are past the point of an easy fix, the best method of cleaning would be hydro jetting. The process is as fast as it is simple. It is the best way to eliminate the most backup and debris from your pipes and keep them healthy for years to come.
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