What Do Plumbers Use to Unclog Drains?
Article Date: 11/21/2019 | Posted By Nick
If you've been a homeowner or a tenant, or ever lived in a house, you've most likely experienced the misery of a clogged drain.
Whether your toilet isn't flushing or your sinks aren't draining, these plumbing problems will happen from time to time, and usually require the expertise of a licensed and experienced plumber to rectify. There are various tools a plumber will use to clear your clog. The specific tools used will depend on the extent of the clog, as well as where it is located.
In this article, we'll teach you a little bit about what plumbers use to unclog drains, and why some clogs require larger equipment than others.
Why Do Drains Get Blocked?
In our attempt to prevent or repair these clogs, it's helpful to learn how they most commonly occur. Two main types of blockages can occur within a residential property.
An individual drain can become clogged in the kitchen from putting too much food waste in the garbage disposal. Bathroom drains, mainly shower drains, become clogged with hair and other debris. Backups in multiple drains are an indication that your main sewer line is blocked.
The culprit of these clogs is usually the same from one house to another. Homeowners often ask too much of their drain and sewer lines, from using too much toilet paper, flushing paper towels, and the various other foreign objects that find their way into our drainage systems.
Can I Use Plungers and Chemical Drain Cleaners?
Having a slow draining sink or bathtub is a common sign that something is blocking your sewer system. One of the first remedies a homeowner may attempt is using a plunger to expel a clog. While plungers are useful at dislodging clogs in an individual toilet or drain, they are useless if your blockage is in the main sewer line.
Quite often, a homeowner will opt for trying to clear a clog by using any of the chemical drain cleaners currently on the market. While these caustic cleaners can be useful in the short term, the potential health hazards and damage to your pipes make them a poor idea.
What Plumbers Use to Unclog Drains
Manual Drain Snakes
- A drain snake, also known as a plumber's snake, is a small auger that rotates as it's physically pushed through the clog. Manual augers are very useful in clearing simple drain or toilet clogs, dislodging any debris and allowing it to pass through the sewer system.
Motorized Drain Snake
– A motorized drain snake is brought onto the job site when a manual drain snake can't get the job done. Usually, a motorized drain snake will be inserted into a sewer cleanout port outside of your home. Motorized augers have a maximum reach of around one hundred and fifty feet and can clear much larger clogs than a manually operated snake.
– If your plumbing technician has performed a drain cleaning with a motorized auger and had no success, they will perform a video inspection of your sewer lines. If a blockage is detected further down your sewer line, hydro-jetting service is often recommended.
Hydro-jetting machines use high-pressure water jets to blast away at any debris in your sewer lines from the inside. The hydro-jetting process is so thorough it restores your drain and sewer pipes to like-new condition.
Who Can Unclog My Drains?
If you've tried all the do-it-yourself remedies and the clog still won't go away, it's time to call in a licensed and experienced plumber to do the job.
Professional plumbing companies like Nick's Plumbing and Sewer Services will have the experience and equipment to clear the clog no matter where it is.
Call us today to schedule your free estimate or free second opinion with the best drain cleaning company in Houston.
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