Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking
Experiencing slow moving water in your sink or tub? Does your toilet take a long time to fill up after flushing? Dirty drains are one of the most common causes for plumbing problems within the home, and the best way to handle these issues is with the help of a professional plumber.
Sure, store-bought chemical drain cleaners seem like a good idea, but they cause corrosion and damage within the pipe that will lead to expensive burst pipe repairs. Take it from us; the best options for cleaning your drains are hydro jetting and snaking.
So how will you know which service to choose? Here are some of the biggest differences between the two drain cleaning options:
How Does Hydro Jetting Work?
The name hydro jetting pretty much sums up the exact nature of this service. It involves using a high-pressure jet of water to blast through clogs and debris in your drains. Hydro jetting is ideal in situations where plunging or snaking does not work. In these cases, the clogs are stubborn and hardened to the side of the pipe.
Plumbers use hydro jetting as an efficient and safe method to clean out the drains of large debris such as roots. The jets are also powerful enough to smooth out the texture of the inner pipe wall. This helps prevent future clogs and keeps the drains running smoothly and efficiently.
Is Hydro Jetting an Appropriate DIY Project?
We recommend leaving hydro jetting services to the professionals. The high-pressure water jets could potentially harm a cracked or damaged pipe. A regular homeowner without proper training and experience could miss this detail and end up causing more damage than good.
A trained professional will inspect the pipes before hydro jetting to ensure the pipes are in good condition to receive the service.
What is a Plumbing Snake?
Plumbing snakes are used in most clogged drain situations. It works by inserting a metal cable into the drain. At the end of the metal cable are sharp blades that spin. A crank at the other end typically operates this.
As the plumber feeds the cable into the drain, they wait to feel resistance in the pipe. When the cable does not go any farther, the plumber has discovered the clogged. As they begin to operate the crank, the blades on the other end chew up the clog, and either allows it to pass through the system in smaller pieces or it gets dragged out of the drain when the cable is removed.
When to Use Plumbing Snakes
Plumbing snakes are typically the first solution that a plumber will offer when you are experiencing a clogged drain. This service is efficient at removing most clogs from drainpipes and toilets. When the plumber inspects your clog, he or she will get a better idea of the severity of the problem and make the appropriate recommendation. For basic, simple clogs, we recommend snaking.
Call Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc. the next time you experience a clogged drain or toilet. Our experts in Orlando, FL can provide a safe and effective drain cleaning solution. Call (407) 734-0870 today to schedule an appointment.