How Professional Plumbers Clear Drain Clogs
Despite commercials and advertisements that indicate liquid drain cleaners eliminate drain clogs, licensed plumbers will tell you otherwise. Professional plumbers do not recommend these toxic products to homeowners because they are generally unsafe, and because they simply do not work in most cases. Instead, professional plumbers have the right tools and expertise to locate and remove all sources of clogging. Here is the process many plumbers use to extract blockage.
Finding the Source
First, the plumber will assess the location of the clog. If slow drains are confined to a bathroom, there is probably no major blockage in the main sewer line that leads to your home, and a plumber knows to address the biggest problem area first. The type of tool a plumber uses also depends on what type of blockage is clogging your drains. Common sources of clogs such as hair, tough buildups of mineral deposits, or even tree limbs in the sewer line may all require different equipment.
Sometimes a plunger is all you need to loosen a clog and get it moving into the sewer system, and this is something any good plumber is willing to admit if that’s all you needed to unclog a sink or toilet. We always recommend you try this first if the clog is isolated to one area of your plumbing.
Hydro Jetting and Drain Snakes
Some of the most common tools plumbers are equipped with include hydro jetting technology and drain snakes. Electric drain snakes or hand augers can be used to reach into pipes and pull out debris through the drains or to break up clogs so they can move down the pipes. A drain snake may be either hand-operated or motorized, and can reach clogs that are too far away for a plunger to reach. Hydro jetting utilizes a pressurized water source that blasts the pipes with water so that the insides are clear of any blockage. This may even work on tough mineral buildup that forms from hard water.