Every homeowner will eventually have to solve a plumbing issue that involves clogs in their main sewer line. When these problems occur, and a clog begins restricting the flow of water from your drains, the first step is to use a plunger to try and use suction to solve the issue.

However, if your plunger just isn’t cutting it, then it may be time to think about using something a little more powerful to solve your problem. The two options at this point are using a plumber’s snake, and hydro jetting the pipes clean.

What are the differences between these two common plumbing methods, and which is right for you?

Using Plumbing Snakes

A plumbing snake, which is sometimes called a “plumbing auger” is a long metal rod with a flexible cable inside which gets inserted into the pipes. One end of the snake has a coil or corkscrew-like attachment, and the other end of the snake is equipped with a hand crank.

When you turn the crank, it will extend the cable down the drain, and the coil at the end of the snake will break apart clogs, caked-on grime, and remove any blockages which may have been causing issues with your drains.

Different kinds of plumbing snakes:

  • Straight snakes. Straight snakes are intended for use with your kitchen sink, as the long, flexible snake will have to extend down and around the curve of your kitchen plumbing.
  • J snakes. J-shaped plumbers snakes are intended for use with your toilet, as the J-shaped bend mimics that of the pipes inside your bathroom.
  • Using Hydro Jetting

    Hydro jetting is a professional plumbing technique that uses specialized tools to spray pressurized water into your pipes. The water, which can be sprayed at pressures up to 4,000 psi, will scrape away years of old, hardened debris, and can easily break apart any tree roots which may have infiltrated your pipes.

    When Should You Use a Plumbing Snake?

    If you suspect that your clog isn’t that serious, then you can likely deal with it using just a plumbing snake. These tools are also ideal for homeowners who may have old pipes installed in their homes, as worn-out pipes may become damaged due to the high water pressure used in the hydro jetting process.

    Why Should You Trust a Professional for Hydro-jetting?

    The biggest reason to trust a plumbing professional for your hydro jetting needs is that the specialized tools and equipment require training to use effectively. Additionally, because hydro jetting can damage old pipes, it’s necessary to have a qualified expert inspect the area first to ensure that the process is safe to use.

    Once they have determined that hydro jetting won’t be damaging to your pipes, your plumbing technician can make sure that the powerful spray of water is scraping away the debris effectively.

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