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Hydro Jetting vs. Drain Snaking: A Comparison

Sometimes, a drain clog has a simple solution. A plunger should always be your first try for a clog in the drain opening. Even baking soda and vinegar have been known to do the trick for blockage in a sink. But often, the problem is too major for these DIY solutions.

When a clog is further along in the drain line, it may only affect one sink or tub, or it may have an impact on multiple stoppages throughout the house. There are two main methods plumbers use to clear out drain clogs like this: drain snaking, using a long cable with a special tip to remove the stoppage, and hydro jetting. Let’s take a look at why you may choose one over the other.

Drain Snaking

Drain snaking is a common solution for major drain clogs, and it can certainly address the issue. The auger is lowered into the drain, either manually or automatically. It may latch onto the debris in the pipes so that a plumber can pull it back out. Otherwise, an attachment at the end of the cable might break up the clog so it can move along to the sewer line. It all depends on what is causing the blockage and your plumber’s assessment.

Hydro Jetting

Overall, hydro jetting is a more effective solution when you want to clear away drain clogs for longer. In may be used instead of or in partnership with drain snaking. A 360° degree nozzle at the end of a long, thin hose sprays out water in all directions to blast clogs out of the drainpipe and toward the sewer.

What makes hydro jetting an excellent way to clean out the drains? Hydro jetters don’t just clear out the clog. They also make the drains clean and clear. The high-pressure blast of water gets a lot of sticky residue out of the pipe, and that residue is what allows clogs to develop over time. That means that your drains stay clearer for longer (as long as you do your best to maintain them!).

Contact Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC for your next drain clog in Lake Worth, FL.

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