When problems with plumbing arise, it can be easy to attempt repairs yourself, usually with a store-bought cleanser or tools purchased at the local hardware store. In most cases, this can be a dreadful mistake. Do-it-yourself measures are typically designed to treat a wide variety of problems, which means they rarely address your particular problem the way it needs to be. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, have access to high-end tools that can address the problem the right way. Such tools are usually too expensive for normal homes to want, since they won’t need to be used more than a handful of times at the most. But in the hands of a trained plumber — who usually needs them on a weekly basis, if not even more often. That means they can address your problem the right way and ensure that the repairs stick. A closer look at some of the tools used by professional plumbers can give you a strong idea of what you’re paying for.
Video Camera Inspection
If you have a cell phone, chances are it had a camera and a light: about as small as your fingernail, but able to take pictures and video on the fly wherever you are. The same technology can be used by plumbers to provide an unprecedented look at clogs or damage inside pipes. The camera and a light are sent down the drain on a flexible cable, with the plumber looking at the feed through a tablet or similar video screen. That lets the plumber see exactly what’s causing the clog, how extensive the damage to the pipe is, and similar key details. Repairs can then take place with concrete information about the problem: p[reventing fishing expeditions and cutting down on the time and cost of repairs.
Hydro jetting is a means of clearing out a clog in the pipes with safe, effective technology. It’s a pressurized hose fitted over the drain pipe, sending pulses of water down the pipe to break up the clog. It requires training to use — the water is under high pressure and can be damaging if you don’t know what you’re doing. But in the right hands, it’s not only safe, but incredibly effective: scouring the entire pipe clean and using nothing more toxic than water to do so.
You can purchase a plumbing snake at any hardware store: a brush on the end of a flexible wire, useful for unclogging drains. But clogs can be composed of a wide variety of materials — anything from hair and soap to various types of food — and a generic drain snake may struggle with different types. Plumbers, on the other hand, have access to motorized snakes with rotating heads, which not only provide more power to clear the clog, but can be adjusted to match the precise nature of the clog, thus ensuring that it’s taken care of the right way.
If you have a clog, a leak or any other problem with your Phoenix, AZ plumbing, contact The Trusted Plumber immediately.