How the Pros Unclog a Drain: Tools and Tech

Clearing Clogged Drains With Modern Drain Cleaning Methods

Drain clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues. Therefore, plumbing professionals encounter it often. Because it happens so often, the plumbing industry has developed more and more advanced technology to fix it. This article will discuss the various tools professionals use to keep homes free of drain clogs by helping clear them.

The Auger or Drain Snake

snakeSnaking a drain is second only to the plunger in the frequency of use. It is a deceptively simple tool that uses a long cylindrical cable and a rotating head. This head is made to spin, break up, or grab onto a clog. The clog will either be broken into small enough pieces that it can continue down the pipes or be dragged back up and out of the drain pipe. 

The drain snake, also called a router or auger, can be used to clean and clear slow-draining pipes. Augers can come in several sizes and types for different pipes and clogs. They come in motorized or manual models and can range from very short to over 50 feet long for clogs deep in the plumbing system. 

The Power of Water With Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is like power washing for drain pipes. This method uses a high-pressure stream of water to scour the pipes and break up stubborn clogs. This tool has a silicone balloon with a high-pressure nozzle that blasts the clog apart and cleans the pipe walls. It can also be used as a preventative measure against clogs. The advantages of using hydro jetting include:

  • No Collateral Damage: Water is the stuff that is supposed to go through the pipes. Hydro jetting is perhaps the least likely to damage a home’s drainage pipes. Chemical drain openers may eliminate the clog, but they can also eat away at the pipes, causing weakness and corrosion
  • Efficient: This method is fast-working and uses no electrical energy, only the power of water pressure. And it also prevents future clogs. 
  • Non-Invasive: This method clears clogged drains but does not cause disruptions through digging and more hands-on solutions.

Eyes on the Clog With Cameras

videoAnother plumbing tool that can help plumbers clear drains is video inspection equipment. As cameras have decreased in size, the number of uses has increased. Plumbers can use small cameras in plumbing to explore pipes non-invasively and accurately pinpoint where a problem area is and its cause without tearing out walls or jackhammering through a concrete foundation. It makes the work much easier for the plumbing technician, who can find issues like clogs much quicker without all the mess. Then they can more accurately determine the best solution. 

About Maxwell-White Plumbing

Maxwell-White Plumbing has over 25 years of experience serving the West Salem, WI community and the surrounding areas. They offer straightforward pricing, financing, and 24-hour services are available. Call them today for drain cleaning services in West Salem, WI.