Drain clogs are a very common problem for residential plumbing systems across the country. As such, they’ve fostered a number of equally common methods for dealing with them. There are two primary ways to deal with drain clogs: drain snakes and hydro jetting. Which method fits your situation best will be determined by your plumber. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to know a little bit about each one just in case you need your drains cleared. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of each.
Until the advent of hydro jetting, drain snakes were pretty much the only method for cleaning out drain clogs. A drain snake is more or less a long cord, with an auger at the end. The cord is inserted into the pipe until it comes up against the clog. Then, the auger is used to drill through the clog to restore the flow of water through the pipe. While this is still a very popular method for cleaning out drains, it does have some disadvantages. Chief among these is that the drain snake doesn’t completely remove the clog from the pipe. The auger only drills a hole as large as itself. That means that it is possible for another clog to form in the same location soon after snaking the drain.
The more modern method for cleaning out drains is to use a long hose with a high-pressure sprayer at the end. This is known as hydro jetting. Hydro jetting has eclipsed drain snakes as the method of choice in some areas, partially because it is a more thorough method for cleaning the drain pipe. However, the high pressure of the hydro jetting can damage some pipes, so it is not ideal for all situations.
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