Hydro Jetting vs. Drain Snaking: Choosing the Right Solution for Your Plumbing
Choosing the Right Solution for Your Plumbing Problems
Clogs are a problem that every homeowner has to deal with at some point. Debris and grease builds up in kitchen drains, causing it to slow down or clog up entirely. Objects can get stuck in the toilet drain. Hair and lotion often builds up in bathroom sink drains.
Homeowners can use a plunger to get rid of a clog. But if that doesn’t work, you need to call in a plumber. He has specialized tools that break up clogs quickly and safely. For serious clogs, the two main methods a plumber uses are drain snaking and Hydro Jetting. Each works best for specific problems.
How Hydro Jetting Works
Hydro Jetting involves sending forceful stream of water is directed down the drain, moving between 3,000 and 3,000 PSI, pounds per square inch. At that force, it is strong enough to even clear out tree roots, as well as the more common grease and hair.
Because the water is so forceful, plumbers inspect the pipes first before sending in the water. They check for signs of aging or damage. Some pipes are not able to handle such a forceful stream of water.
1. It works and is often the method of choice for getting rid of a clog in a sewer line or maintaining it by removing buildup.
2. The force can even remove tree roots.
3. It is suitable for both home drains and municipal and commercial sewer lines.
1. The force which makes it so useful can also be too much for some pipes to handle. Older pipes or those that are deteriorating may become damaged by the Hydro Jetting.
How Drain Snaking Works
Drain snaking, also referred to as plumbing augers, are mechanical devices that use a cable to break up a clog. The auger is made of a long tube that encases a cable. There are corkscrew shaped blades at the end of the cable and a hand-driven crank at the other.
The end of the snake with the cable is placed into the drain. The plumber can feel the resistance when it makes contact with the clog in the pipe. At that point, he turns the crank, which pushes the blade through the clog and then draws it out of the drain.
There are two types of drain snakes. The J-shaped bend is used on toilets and the straight type is used on standard sink drains.
1. It works. This method has been used successfully for many decades on a wide range of pipes and clogs.
2. It generally doesn’t harm pipes that are damaged, old or deteriorating.
1. It clears a limited width. This is fine for standard clogs and it also works to speed up slow-moving drains. But it offers only a temporary fix for major problems in sewer lines.
How to Choose
Both Hydro Jetting and drain snaking work. The way to choose the best method is to determine the cause of the clog.
Use Hydro Jetting: This is the best solution if the clog is made up of thick sludge or grease, or if tree roots have invades a pipe. And if the plumbing snake doesn’t remove the clog or speed up the drain, then Hydro Jetting is the sensible follow-up treatment.
Use plumbing snakes: This is the best solution for standard clogs and slow drains. If this is just an occasional blockage in a toilet that has too much toilet paper or a kitchen sink that has food stuck in it.