What Techniques Do Plumbers Use to Clear a Clogged Drain?

Techniques Plumbers Use to Clear a Clogged Drain

Clogged drains pose a high level of risks to the health of the residents, make everyone inconvenient, andcan cause property damage if not addressed early. The common practice is to attempt clearing a clogged drain with a plunger; but when it fails, call the experts.

Processes Involved in Drain Cleaning

Professionals do not just start working on a clogged drain, they follow a process to ensure that the exact spot of the clog is identified, the clog is removed, and the drain works effectively again. Here is the process:

1. Clogged Assessment

Most clogs are formed by an accumulation of organic debris such as food scraps, dirt, soap scum, hair,skin cells, and other particles. While plunging can break up the forming clogs, tougher and larger clogs require a professional before being removed.

A professional will first assess the condition of the drain and the problems caused by the clog. A video inspection may be carried out using a small camera to detect the location where the blockage exists and the materials that formed the clog. The plumber can take steps towards removing the clogs having discovered its location.

2. Clog Removal

Stubborn clogs that cannot be removed by plunging can be removed by snaking that involves the use of a long, thin cable inserted into the drain to hook and break up the clog with a pointed attachment at the end. Snakes can be operated manually or by a motor depending on the drain’s diameter and length and the type of clog involved. The drain clog is caused by tree roots, a professional will remove the root, repair and restore the integrity of the pipe.

Also, if the clog resulted from hard water or another build-up, hydro-jetting may be suggested to scour away the buildup. Below are techniques plumbers use to clear a clogged drain:

Techniques Plumbers Use to Clear a Clogged Drain

1. Drain Snaking

Drain Snaking involves the insertion of a snake into the pipe. The snake has an anger on the end to break up whatever the clog may be. While this method can break any blockage within the pipe, the snake cannot reach the pipe walls.

2. Hydro-Jetting

Hydro-Jetting works as a firehouse for cleaning clogged drains caused by buildup on the pipe walls. The jet shoots a high-pressure stream of water through an omnidirectional sprayer heat and it reaches all areas of the pipes. The pressure is strong enough to clear all forms of buildup on the pipe walls.

3. Drain Power Flushing

Drain Power Flushing is a drain cleaning method done with chemicals and high water pressure to ensure thorough cleaningof the inside of the drain. After the cleaning, a chemical called an inhibitor is applied.


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