Clogged drains are a common problem in plumbing. Sometimes, you can solve the problem yourself with DIY tools and techniques. If your drain is blocked more severely, a licensed plumber can help you clean it.
A drain snake is an effective tool to clear a blocked drain, such as a toilet, tub, or sink. "snaking" (also known as cabling) involves inserting a flexible, long, thin auger into the drain pipe. You twist it downwards until it hooks onto the blockage.
A manual or an electric drain snake can be purchased at your local hardware shop. If you don't have any experience with drain cleaning, you could damage your pipes by using a drain snake. It is best to call a professional plumber if you have a blocked drain.
Hydro jetting is another method of cleaning pipes. This uses a specialized pipe that pushes high-pressure water through your home’s plumbing system. A plumber will insert a camera into the pipes to check for damage. This is done before the hydro jetting process. A plumber then inserts the hose in your drain through a cleanout. The hose is connected to a pressurized tank of water.
After the water has been turned on, the hose will move through the drain and clean the inside of your pipe. The hose's nozzle shoots powerful water jets in multiple directions at once. The debris is washed down the plumbing system by gravity, so it can eventually be flushed out. It removes all clogs from your pipes and makes them look brand new. Hydro jetting can remove years of mineral scale deposits and grease as well as tree roots and other build-ups.
What is the difference between Hydro Jetting and Cabling?
Cabling will only break down or remove a blockage. Hydro jetting can blast clogs apart and remove stubborn buildup that's shrinking pipes' diameter. For occasional blockages, cabling is the best choice. The best way to prevent future blockages is with hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is not like cabling and must be done by a professional plumber.
You will usually see one or more warning signs if your drains need to be cleaned.
Frequent toilet overflows. Sewer line problems may cause frequent toilet overflows and clogs. To resolve the problem, it is best to contact a professional plumber.
Water backs up. This can lead to water damage and unsanitary conditions.
Clogs are not something that can be fixed by themselves. Don't delay in calling a professional if you suspect that your drains are blocked. We at Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Cleaning will evaluate your situation and give you the best solutions. Call us or email us to schedule an appointment.