Sewer Jetter vs. Traditional Snaking, What You Should Know

Sewer jetter or snake? Getting rid of clogs is the goal, but if you cannot decide which option is the safest and most effective for your pipes, we can help. One of the most common problems septic and sewer systems see is clogged lines. Determining where the clog is located is the first step in the de-clogging process before specialized equipment is used to take care of the problem. Once the clog is located, a snake or hydrojetting can be used to solve the problem.


A plumbing snake, also referred to as an auger, is a long steel cable that is thin and flexible with a special end that cuts through and removes clogs. The cable is inserted into the pipe and when resistance is felt (once it hits the clog), a quick thrust plunges the tool through the clog and snags it in order to pull it back out. Plumbing snakes come in different shapes and sizes for different types of plumbing.


  • Sufficient for minor clogs and small lodged objects
  • Can reveal bigger issues within pipes, like larger clogs or roots
  • Gentle on aging pipes
  • Possible to use without a professional


  • Breaks apart but does not completely clear build up (like grease) in pipes
  • Not the best choice for tree roots
  • Not as effective as other options

Sewer jetter

A sewer jetting, also known as hydrojetting, has increased in popularity in recent years. The jetter shoots highly pressurized water through a long, slender hose into the piping. The forceful stream of water dislodges clogs, degreases the inside of pipes and thoroughly cleans the plumbing system. A sewer jetter is even powerful enough to easily break through and remove tree roots. Before and after a hydrojetting, a camera inspection detects potential problems and ensures that no residue remains in the pipes after the jetter accomplishes its job.


  • The best option for large clogs like tree roots
  • Shoots all debris out through a cleanout rather than leaving any small debris or grease behind
  • It is preceded by a camera to ensure no compromised or already broken pipes are going to be further damaged
  • Efficient clog removal


  • Could be too harsh for brittle, old or fragile piping
  • Water pressure must be monitored by an experienced technician

So, which one is right for me?

With any plumbing issue, it is recommended that a professional plumber address the problem and provide advice on the needed repairs. Taking care of plumbing issues without a plumber can lead to the development of other damages or problems. Regardless of this advice, some people prefer to attempt to address a problem on their own before seeking out professional help. With drain clogs, it is better for do-it-yourselfers to attempt to use a plumbing snake than it is for them to try to use a sewer jetter.

Call for help

If an attempt to remove a clog or build up is made by a do-it-yourselfer without success, we can provide the means necessary to remove the problem and to perform the necessary repairs. A sewer jetter or professional snaking may be just what is needed to solve a potentially serious sewer problem. For more information or to schedule an appointment with us, call (562) 457-4206. Our office is located in Cerritos. Call Prodigy Plumbing Inc today.

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