Professional Plumbing: Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking

Hydro jetting has become a popular method of clearing drains and sewer lines. The question is, how does it compare to a time-tested method like snaking?

When your drainage system becomes clogged, a plumber will have to use one of the two techniques to clear your drains. Here is some information to help you decide which one to choose.

What is snaking?

Drain snaking is a method that has been used to clear drains for the longest time. A plumber snakes a drain by first inserting a long steel cable into the drain. The tip of the cable has a coil that is shaped like a corkscrew — it is the part of the cable that actually clears the drain.

One way in which the coil clears the drain is by making a hole in the blockage. Another way is by snagging the obstruction in such a way that the plumber is able to pull the blockage out of the drain.

Snaking is a trusted method for clearing drains, and it is known to have a high success rate. For this reason, many homeowners will ask the plumber to snake their drains.

Benefits and drawbacks of snaking

Apart from being a widely known technique for unblocking drainage pipes, drain snaking has other advantages:

  • It is a better option when a plumber needs to unclog a drainage system with fragile pipes
  • Snaking will alert the plumber to root intrusion in the pipes
  • When it comes to clearing small blockages, snaking is cheaper than hydro jetting
  • It can be used as a quick fix as the homeowner prepares for a more permanent solution

One drawback of snaking is that it only removes a part of any large obstruction that clogs the drain. Which means it is not the ideal option for a homeowner that wants their drainage pipes to be as clean as they were on the day they were installed.

This is where hydro jetting comes in.

How hydro jetting works

Hydro jetting uses the force of highly pressurized water (at least 3,000 psi) to blast all obstructions from a drainage pipe and leave its inner surface clean.

With hydro jetting, a plumber clears the drain by blasting pressurized water into the pipe. The force of the water dislodges and washes obstructions like grime, hair and tree roots right out of the pipes. The end result of hydro jetting is clean, clear pipes.

Benefits and drawbacks of hydro jetting

  • Snaking only removes part of the blockage, but hydro jetting cleans the drainage pipes, leaving them completely empty
  • Hydro jetting removes tree roots, which snaking cannot do
  • The technique allows a plumber to clear badly clogged sewer lines without digging them up
  • Hydro jetting is powerful enough to unclog commercial and municipal sewer lines

That said, the technique is also powerful enough to damage drainage pipes — which is why a person should hire a skilled and experienced plumber to perform hydro jetting. The force of the pressurized water can also damage fragile pipes. A professional plumber will make sure that their client’s drainage system is able to withstand the water pressure before commencing to clear it with a high-pressure jet.

Hydro jetting is not a substitute for descaling, so it will not remove mineral and rust deposits from drainage pipes.

The bottom line

If your drains keep backing up, give yourself a well-deserved break and call us. One of our plumbers will come over and get your drains working again.

Request an appointment here: https://www.prodigyplumbinglbc.com or call Prodigy Plumbing Inc at (562) 457-4206 for an appointment in our Cerritos office.

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