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Comparing Plumbing Snakes and Hydro Jetting

If your home’s plumbing system has a sewer line clog, it may benefit from hydro jetting or a plumbing snake near San Francisco. An accumulation of paper products, sludge, or tree roots can all lead to a clog in your sewer line. When this happens, wastewater can back up into your toilets, sinks, and showers, resulting in a foul odor and an unsanitary environment. Hydro jetting and sewer snaking are two different methods for dealing with this type of clog.

Plumbing Snakes

Also referred to as sewer snakes or plumbing augers, plumbing snakes are metal tubes through which a cable runs. At one end of the cable, either a blade or a corkscrew auger is attached. At the other end, there is a hand crank that is used to extend and retract the cable. When using a plumbing snake, your septic technician will insert the cable into your drain and use the crank to extend the cable towards the clog. Once the end of the cable meets with the drain blockage, there will be resistance, and the technician will propel the cable into the clog to snag it and then retract it from the pipe. Sewer snakes can be designed for use in toilet drains or sink drains. Plumbing augers are an ideal solution for occasional small clogs that cause slow draining.

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting relies on pressurized water to clear drains of clogs. These machines consist of a high-pressure hose that connects to a water pressurizing unit. A powerful stream of water is pushed through the hose and into your plumbing towards the clog to dislodge it and then flush it out through the system. Your septic technician may use a camera to inspect your lines for damage before inserting the hydro jetting hose. Hydro jetting can successfully remove grease, hair, and other debris from your pipe, and some machines are powerful enough to remove tree roots as well. Hydro jetting can frequently remove clogs that plumbing snakes fail to retrieve.

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