Under ideal circumstances, you’re not going to be cleaning your drains yourself. You probably don’t have the equipment or training to do it properly, and store-bought drain cleaners do more harm than good. Even though you’re not doing the drain cleaning yourself, though, it’s still a good idea to familiarize yourself with the techniques used for the process.

Drain Snaking

The oldest, and most common, type of drain cleaning technique. Drain snaking involves using a long cord with an auger attached to the end of it. The other end of the cord has either a hand crank or a motor attached to the end of it. The auger is inserted into the drain until it meets whatever is clogging the pipe, at which point the snake drills through it. Drain snaking is a quick and easy way to get rid of most common drain clogs, which is why pretty much every plumber keeps one in their van. However, there are plenty of times that drain snaking is insufficient to properly clean up the obstruction. For times like those, you’re going to need hydro jetting.

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is a newer technique, but has become quite popular in a short amount of time. It’s essentially a thin, high-pressure hose with an omnidirectional sprayer head attached to it. The hydro jet is effective at blasting waste out of the pipes, as well as more stubborn obstructions that may not respond to drain snaking. It’s not the perfect solution for every drain cleaning need, of course, but it’s a good thing to know about.

The Trusted Plumber offers a full range of drain cleaning services throughout the Scottsdale, AZ area. If you need drain cleaning services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.  

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