Snaking vs Hydro Jetting: Which Drain Cleaning Should You Choose?
Problems with your sewer pipes are never pleasant. When they’re working properly, we don’t even think about our pipes. When there’s a problem, however, it’s all we think about. Problems with clogged pipes can put life on hold. Fortunately, there are two methods to get you back to normal: Hydro-jetting and snaking.
Hydro-jetting involves a plumber using a high-pressure hose with a special nozzle designed to blast water through your pipes, clearing away any debris. Before hydro-jetting, a plumber will usually use video to inspect your pipes, and see where the issues are.
Can it Be Used for Everything?
Hydro-jetting may not be appropriate for every clog you have. Sometimes, pipes aren’t strong enough for the hydro-jetting process. In these cases, it’s better to use a drain snake. A drain snake is essentially a cable that goes into your pipes and removes any clogs that may be there.
Clogged sewer lines can create significant issues, from water damage to mold and mildew. Having the clog taken care of properly is of the utmost importance. Hydro-jetting is beneficial because it clears debris and clogs from the entire pipe, and leaves no residual debris behind. Hydro-jetting can also cut through anything, from gease to tree roots.
A drain snake is good for smaller clogs in pipes that may not be able to handle the pressure involved with hydro-jetting. It’s also a good option for homeowners who’d like to try and clear the clog themselves, before having to call in a professional. Drain snakes, also known as hand augers, are available at most hardware stores, and are fairly easy to use.
Which Is Better?
The answer really depends on the clog, and where it is. Drain snakes may work on shallow clogs, but hydro-jetting is a superior option for deep, serious clogs. Also, it’s possible a clog will come back when a drain snake is used, as it doesn’t clear out all of the debris. Hydro-jetting clears everything out.
Clogged drain experts in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
Figuring out what’s wrong with your pipes may require a licensed professional. For recommendations and a free estimate to clear out your pipes, talk to the pros at Ohio Buckeye Plumbing. To schedule an appointment, call (440) 283-9377.