When it comes to drain cleaning, there are two main methods that plumbers will use: hydro jetting and drain snaking. Drain snaking is older than hydro jetting, and is more widely used. Hydro jetting has its own list of advantages, however. Now, when it comes to drain cleaning you probably aren’t going to be enacting either of these solutions. Still, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the kinds of solutions your plumber will use during drain cleaning. Let’s take a closer look at the two of them now.
A drain snake is a long cord with an auger at the end of it. The other end is attached to either a power drill or a hand crank. The cord is inserted into the drain until it meets a clog of some kind. Then, the auger drills through the clog to clear up the pipe. This is a simple, quick solution to drain clogs, which is why it is so widely used. However, it does have its disadvantages. For one, drain snakes can’t clean all waste off of the pipe walls. It can only open the pipe as wide as the auger itself is. It is also not really practical as a preventive measure.
Hydro jetting, also called “scour jetting,” is a method that uses a long hose to fire high-pressure streams of water down the drain. The hose is fitted with an omni-directional sprayer head, which allows it to reach all areas of the pipe. Hydro jetting is quite thorough, and works well to both prevent clogs and clear them out when they happen. However, it is not suited to all pipes as some of them cannot withstand the pressure.
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