3 Tools Used by Plumbers for Drain Cleaning

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When your drains develop a clog and need cleaning, it’s tempting to simply pop down to the store and buy a chemical drain cleaner over the counter, or maybe even a snake from the local hardware store. In most instances, this is a big mistake. Professional plumbers can handle clogs far more effectively and with greater long-term results than a one-size-fits-all solution from the grocery store.

That comes in part from the training and experience they bring to the problem, which lets them treat your specific clog the right way. But it also comes from the tools professionals use for drain cleaning: devices that are more expensive than the average homeowner requires (given how comparatively seldom they have need of such equipment), but which professional plumbers use on a regular basis. Here’s a quick look at three of the most common ones, to demonstrate the kind of difference calling in a plumber can make.

  1. Video pipe inspection. Video cameras are now smaller than your fingernail, which allows plumbers to send them down the pipes on a cable and get an unprecedented look at the exact nature of the clog.
  2. Hydro-jetting. This is a length of hose fitted over the affected drain, which fires powerful pulses of water down the pipe to break the clog up. The process is effective, and yet also natural and environmentally friendly.
  3. Mechanical snakes. Store-bought snakes are reasonably inexpensive, but they tend to apply the same solution to every clog. Mechanical snakes employed by plumbers not only use much more power to the clog, but they often have rotating heads, allowing the plumber to fit the specific head to the specific nature of the clog. It makes for a much more thorough drain-cleaning operation.

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