Excerpt: Slow drains are a sign that professional plumbing help is needed. Your plumber may use one of many drain cleaning solutions to address a slow or clogged drain—check out this article for more information about drain cleaning methods.
Slow drains may not seem like a major plumbing concern, but a small clog can quickly escalate into a large problem if left unaddressed. There are many drain cleaning techniques your plumber has at his disposal to solve a slow or clogged drain, regardless of the severity of the problem. With the right tools, your professional plumber can have your drain problem solved quickly to restore your everyday comfort and convenience at home or at work.
The simplest way to dislodge a minor clog is plunging. This technique uses a tool called a plunger to create suction inside the pipe, which breaks up clogs so they can be flushed through and normal water flow restored. As a homeowner, you have likely tried this solution on sinks and toilets when you experience a slow drain. Even if you have tried plunging a stubborn drain with no result, your plumber may try this technique again before moving on to a different solution.
When plunging fails, the next step in drain cleaning is generally snaking. This solution uses a long, flexible cable, called an auger or a snake, which is extended down the drain until it encounters the clog. The end of the snake typically has a hooked or pointed head, which can be used to break through the clog or pull the clog material up through the pipe so it can be disposed of elsewhere. Snakes may be hand-cranked or powered by an electric motor, depending on the type of drain cleaning job your plumber is performing.
Hydro jetting is a high-powered solution that is most often used to clear clogged sewer lines, but can be adapted to clogs in the smaller pipes of your home or office’s interior plumbing as well. During hydro jetting, a high-pressure jet of water is released into your drain lines. This jet scours away any buildup inside the pipes, as well as destroys or dislodges any materials clogging the path. Hydro jetting will not only remove a single clog, but also completely clean the pipes to restore optimal water flow. This may be a good solution if you’ve experienced numerous clogs or had problems with your water pressure as well.
Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners are not your plumber’s go-to tool for many reasons. Most drain cleaning chemicals work via the generation of heat, which can warp or damage plastic plumbing pipes and connections. However, chemical drain cleaners designed to target tree roots may be used in conjunction with other drain cleaning solutions if your main sewer line is blocked by a “living clog” created by questing tree roots. Alternatively, eco-friendly enzymatic drain cleaners may be used together with plunging or snaking to break down the organic materials forming a clog and make it easier to dislodge and remove without casing heat damage to your plumbing pipes.
We are pleased to offer complete drain cleaning in Raleigh, NC, for both residential and commercial customers. If you have questions or need drain cleaning services, you’ll find our contact information on our main website. You can also learn more about plumbing maintenance and repair to prevent clogs and other common problems when you read through the articles archived on our blog.