If you have ever woken up to a clogged toilet or sink drain, you know the experience is more than a nightmare. At some point, the plumbing system might break down, and a homeowner should either be prepared for this or prevent the unfortunate experience from happening. If a plunger does not work, you might require something else more powerful.
Modern plumbing solutions have provided solutions to old age problems that were a bother such as clogged sewer line. Today, two advanced plumbing technologies can be used to unclog pipes. The two methods are snaking and hydro jetting. Understanding the ins and outs of the two approaches is instrumental to homeowners looking to select a suitable technique.
Hydro jetting method
Hydro-jetting is a San Antonio sewer line repair technique that involves the use of high pressurized stream of water through a pipe system to remove clogs. A plumber uses a specialized nozzle connected to a machine to pressurize the water. The water goes through a cleanout which is an opening that enables plumbers to remove clogs.
As the water goes through the drain, it washes away grease, hair, mineral buildup and other debris through the tubing. When the hydro jet is powerful enough, it can also be used to break tree roots. Before the plumber uses the hydro jet technique, he will inspect the drain first using a camera to check the status of the line as well as the extent of damage if any.
Merits of hydro jetting
- It is very effective
When you use hydro jetting, you can achieve 100 percent clean out. Therefore, it is a highly efficient method of cleaning sewer pipes.
- It is versatile
Varying the water’s pressure makes it possible to use the technology in various applications such as domestic and commercial sewer lines.
Demerit of hydro jetting
- It might damage the pipes
At times, hydro jetting works better than it should. If you use a lot of pressure especially on old and fragile pipes, they might be unable to withstand the force. Therefore, the technique is not a do it yourself activity. Find a plumber to inspect the sewer line first so that they can determine the amount of pressure they should use.
Snaking is a technique that involves the use of an auger. An auger consists of a metal tube at one end and has a cable inside that has blades or corkscrew drills attached to it. The drill is inserted into the sewer line, and the coil at the far end pushes obstructions through the tubing.
Merits of snaking
- Does not damage fragile pipes
Unlike hydro jetting that might break delicate lines, snaking doesn’t. It is a gentle technique.
- It is historically valid
Snaking has withstood the test of times by proving to be an effective method of clearing clogs in sewer drains.
Demerit of snaking
- It has limited functionality
Although it is efficient, its efficiency is only as far as the auger will reach. Therefore, it is only temporary as it might not be sufficient for the entire pipe’s diameter.