Should You Choose Snaking or Hydro-jetting for Clogged Drains?

A question plumbers get often from our customers is about the best way to get rid of a drain clog. Should you use a drain snake or pay for hydrojetting service? Well, the answer isn’t as straightforward as you think because it all depends on what’s actually happening inside your drain.

Keep reading to learn the differences between the drain cleaning services offered by local plumbers in Marietta, and how to know which is the right choice for your specific problem.

Drain Snaking

This method of unclogging a drain uses a tool called an auger, although many people call it snaking because the tool snakes through the drain. No matter what you call it, the process of snaking a drain involves using a device that includes a long metal tube with a cable inside it and a corkscrew auger at one end. At the other end is a crank. When the auger’s inserted into the drain, you turn the crank to push the cable through the drain until it reaches the blockage. As the crank turns, it does one of two things. It will either wrap itself around the clog, which allows the clog to be pulled from the drain, or it creates a hole through the clog to allow water to flow through.

Using a straight plumbing snake is ideal for dealing with sink drains. However, if you have a clogged toilet bowl, it’s better to use an auger with a J-bend. Most people use manual augers because they’re inexpensive and can be purchased from a home improvement store, but you might prefer a motorized snake that can be rented.

Is using an auger a DIY job? It depends. Plumbers are always available to help you snake a drain, but some people prefer to take matters into their own hands. When the clog is small and hasn’t gone too far past the drain trap, do-it-yourself snaking is an option. However, if you’re not sure how to use the snake, it’s best to call for professional plumbing services to make sure you don’t break your sink or crack the toilet during the snaking process.

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Hydrojetting is a professional drain cleaning service that cleans the toughest blockages inside sewer pipes. It’s not a DIY job. Hydrojetting is used when you have a clog in the main sewer line that can’t be reached using a drain snake.

The process uses high-pressurized water to blast away all types of debris. Examples of debris that hydrojetting clears away includes tree roots, raw sewage, nonorganic waste, corrosion, concrete, and more. It’s a great service for residential and commercial sewer pipes that leaves the inside of the pipes as clean as the first day they were installed. Hydrojetting is also used to clean out pipes before making trenchless water line repair. Plumbers use hydro equipment to make sure there isn’t any debris left in the pipe so that repairs aren’t impeded in any way.

How to Choose the Best Method

The best way to know for sure whether you should snake a drain or use hydrojetting is to contact a plumber. The best plumber will identify the problem and suggest a service that makes the most sense. Sometimes that’s not drain cleaning at all. For example, sometimes what presents as a clogged drain is actually a broken pipe that needs professional water line leak repair.

If you’ve been having problems with clogged drains, contact Plumb Doctor LLC in Marietta at (770) 912-8922 to schedule a service call and get the right plumbing repairs.