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3 Ways Plumbers Can Clear Clogged Drains

drain-clearingWhen you have a clogged drain, your first impulse may be the nuclear option: Pour as much of the most caustic cleaner you can find down the drain. Not only are there other options, every other option is better than this one.

Caustic cleaners may provide some relief in the short run, but their use – especially repeated use – will corrode pipes to the point you’ll have bigger problems than a stopped-up drain. Plumbing professionals have access to powerful equipment with specialized capabilities to unclog drains without creating more trouble in the future. 

Clearing Clogged Drains

To clear clogged drains, there are three basic methods we use: snakes, high pressure jetting, and in the worst cases, pipe replacement.

This is not something you want to tackle yourself unless you have the right tools and extensive experience. Instead, you need to contact your local plumbing experts to do the dirty work for you to unclog your drains.

1. Plumber’s Snake

A plumber’s snake is a narrow, flexible wire auger which is inserted into a drain or pipe to clear out obstructions which cannot be addressed by using a plunger.

There are two types: hand crank and motorized. The hand-crank version is most often used by homeowners. The problem, however, is it’s often not long enough to reach obstructions or powerful enough to clear them.

Plumbers use longer, motorized snakes which can deal with major blockages located well into the plumbing system.

2. High-Pressure Jetting

High pressure jetting clears clogs by forcing water pressurized from 7,000 to 60,000 psi into a pipe via a specialized nozzle. Typically used on sewer lines, the water hose will be inserted through a clean-out valve.

Not only can it unclog grease, hair, and other waste, it is also powerful enough to remove tree root intrusions. While a snake may only make a hole in an obstruction, high pressure jetting will clear all sources of blockage. In addition, high pressure jetting removes bacteria from a pipe, and this can alleviate problems with noxious smells coming from drains.

3. Pipe Replacement

Sometimes a clog is caused by the pipe itself. That is, both clay and metal pipes deteriorate over time and will eventually either dissolve (clay) or completely rust out (metal).

In the past, you’d have to dig up whole sections of pipe to find the source of a clog which couldn’t be cleared by other means.

Today, however, miniature cameras can be inserted into a pipe to discover the location and cause of blockage. If you have a pipe which is beyond its lifespan, the best thing you can do is replace all of it, not just the problem area.

Avoid Ever Having to Clear Clogged Drains

One way to avoid clogged drains in the first place is to use a maintenance plan. Our plumbing inspection program closely checks faucets and drains, water heaters, toilets, garbage disposals, and more.

Let our trained technicians give you the peace of mind you deserve when it comes to your plumbing system.

Contact Cool Touch to clear clogged drains in Peoria, AZ, today!

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