Drain Cleaning Tools: Understanding Techniques
Learn When to Use Different Drain Cleaning Techniques

Clogged drains are one of the most common complaints of homeowners. And while a clog may not be an emergency situation; it does demand attention. If not cleared, you could end up with a serious plumbing problem and costly repairs.

Thankfully, there are several proven drain cleaning methods that range from basic DIY to professional. The next time you’re dealing with a pesky clog, know which methods you can use to get things flowing again and how a professional plumber can help.

DIY Solutions

For the majority of kitchen sink and shower drain clogs, all you’ll need are a few simple items to address the situation.

  • Baking soda and vinegar work by exfoliating pipe walls. Sprinkle a little baking soda down the drain and follow white vinegar. Let the solution foam and sit for a few minutes before flushing the drain with hot water.

  • Poor boiling or hot water down the drain to soften debris and flush it through the pipe.

  • The appropriate plunger can force down material that is lodged in a pipe or toilet. Leave enough water to just cover the rubber end of the plunger and work in quick forceful thrusts to dislodge the clog.

  • Store-bought drain cleaning solutions can be effective at removing common clogs, but frequent use can corrode and damage pipes.

Professional Solutions

Licensed plumbers have a variety of drain cleaning tools and techniques at their disposal. Though each is effective, some are only to be used in specific situations.

  • Sewer and drain line snaking is often enough to break up a stubborn clog. A long metal stick goes into the drain and pokes the clog while the auger pulls out leftover debris using a hooked end.

  • Hydro jetting picks up where drain line snaking leaves off. This method uses mostly high-pressure water and a special nozzle to disintegrate sludge, soap, grease, calcified deposits, and household objects.

  • In-pipe video inspection enables us to see the exact cause and location of the problem. A flexible rod with a high-res video camera is inserted into the drain or sewer line to examine pipes and pipe walls. Video footage is relayed to the technician’s video monitor in real time so you can view the problem right then and there. The video can also be saved for future reference.

At Anthony’s Plumbing, we utilize only the best and latest drain cleaning equipment to deliver excellent results each and every time. From drain snakes to hydro jetting, we know how to handle all kinds of drain clogs. Plus we also offer a variety of other plumbing services, including water heater repair and replacement, leak detection, re-piping, kitchen and bath upgrades and more. For drain cleaning or any plumbing need, contact Anthony’s today.

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