Pipe clogging is a common maintenance issue for many homeowners. Due to the dirt, debris and waste that can get stuck in the toilet and sink drains, buildup eventually occurs over time, causing slow drains and overflows.
A plunger can sometimes do the trick, but when the clog won’t budge, you can usually rely on hydro jetting or a plumbing snake to clear your drains.
Oak Plumbing, a trusted company offering various plumbing services including gas leak repair, shares more information about these two powerful solutions for clogged drains.
What It Is: Hydro jetting uses pressurized water to remove clogs. The process involves the use of a high-pressure hose and a specialized nozzle attached to a machine that pressurizes the water. The resulting high-pressure water from this machine is then forced down the drain, pushing grease, debris and other buildups in front of it through the plumbing system.
Pros: Hydro jetting is highly effective in declogging drains and cleaning sewers. Since this process allows for the water pressure to be increased, it offers satisfactory results in clearing commercial sewer lines as well.
Cons: Too much water pressure can damage old, fragile pipes. That’s why it’s important for a professional to conduct a plumbing inspection before proceeding with hydro jetting.
What It Is: Also called a plumbing auger, a plumbing snake is composed of a long metal tube at one end and a hand crank at the other. The metal tube has a cable inside, which has a corkscrew auger or blades attached. The cable end is inserted into the drain, and the cable is extended further down the drain using the crank until it reaches the clog. Continuing to turn the crank will enable the cable to pierce through the obstruction and finally clear a path in the pipe.
Pros: This a simple yet effective method for clearing drains, and doesn’t pose any risk of damaging older pipes.
Cons: Plumbing snakes can only clear a path as wide as the tip of the auger, and they only provide a temporary fix.
Oak Plumbing provides a wide range of plumbing services and guarantees quality workmanship for every client. If you’re looking for a tankless water heater installer or a professional to handle other plumbing issues, call us at (707) 200-7594 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Benicia, Sacramento, and Vacaville, CA.