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Why Mechanized Snakes Do Better than Hand-Cranked Snakes

Snakes are a tried and true tool for handling clogs in your plumbing, whether it be hair and soap in your bathroom or grease and food particles in your kitchen. They’re essentially coils of stiff metal with a wire brush or similar fixture on the end to dig into the clogs. That allows you not only to reach the clog, but to either break it up or pull it straight out of the piping once the snake has dug in. You can purchase a simple hand-cranked snake at any hardware or home improvement store, but plumbing in Phoenix uses mechanical snakes to do the job. In all but the most benign cases, that’s usually the best option. Here’s why mechanized snakes do better than hand-cranked snakes.

In the first place, mechanized snakes usually have a longer reach and bring more power to bear. That allows them to reach the clog more readily and deal with it more efficiently. In order for the snake to work, the head needs to penetrate the bulk of the clog so that it can either pull the clog free or break it up into smaller compounds that can be washed away. A mechanized snake has the horsepower to do that, along with the reach to find the clog no matter where it lies in your plumbing. Without it, you have to rely on plain old-fashioned elbow grease to counter a clog that may not be willing to go without a fight.

Furthermore a mechanized snake usually has interchangeable heads, allowing the plumber to tailor the snake to fit the clog in question. That allows it to do its job much more effectively than a one-size-fits-all model, and better ensure that your plumbing stays open and ready to go.

If you know why mechanized snakes do better than hand-cranked snakes, the next step is to call on a plumber who knows how to use it. For plumbing in Phoenix, the experts at The Sunny Plumber are standing by to help. Give us a call to set up an appointment. We’ll do everything in our power to make that clog a thing of the past!

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