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Understanding the Drain Cleaning Process 

When it comes to plumbing issues, clogged pipes are one of the most common. Whether it’s a kitchen sink that takes ages to drain or a toilet that continually overflows, homeowners are not alone. Unfortunately, many people attempt to solve the problem with store-bought chemicals or DIY methods. And while they sometimes offer relief, they can do more damage than good. 

When done correctly (with the help of a professional), drain cleaning not only resolves existing blockages and clogs but also protects the plumbing and prevents future clogs. So what do homeowners need to know about the process? Read on to learn more about the methods used for drain cleaning and signs a home needs it. 

Signals the Pipes Are Clogged

Early detection is the first step to addressing clogged sewer lines or pipes. While overflowing toilets and standing water in the shower indicate something is wrong, the plumbing system will often display more subtle signals that can inform homeowners an issue is occurring.

Signs there is a clog that needs drain cleaning to resolve can include: 

  • Foul odors: If waste cannot flow through the sewer line due to a clog, it will linger around drains and pipes, leading to foul odors. 
  • Low water pressure: If water cannot freely flow through the water line due to a clog, the water pressure from the home’s fixtures can suffer. 
  • Slow drainage: This is usually one of the most noticeable problems for homeowners. Standing water or slow drainage in the shower, tub, or kitchen sink and overflowing toilets are never good and indicate a clog in the sewer line. 

If the plumbing system isn’t working correctly, there’s likely a deeper issue, and clogged pipes could be to blame. Homeowners should contact a plumber to diagnose and fix the problem as soon as they notice signs that they have a clog.

Plumber's Snake

snakingChemical drain cleaners can be one of the most harmful things homeowners use on their pipes. While they can remove certain blockages, they can also deteriorate the pipes and lead to other issues like water leaks. When homeowners work with a professional to unclog pipes, they may use a tool called a plumber’s snake or drain snake.

A drain snake is a long, flexible metal rod manually or mechanically pushed down the drain – either with a hand crank or a motor. It typically consists of coiled metal wire and an auger (or scraping device) at the end. As the coil is fed through the plumbing system, it rotates, “grabbing” or tangling any debris found in the pipe on the tip. 

Eventually, it’s pulled back out by the plumber, who disposes of it. This method is highly effective, particularly for bathroom clogs, where hair can be a significant culprit. When operated by a plumber, drain snaking is safe for the pipes and doesn’t use chemicals that could damage them.

Hydro Jetting 

hydro jettingAnother drain cleaning method, hydro jetting, is often used on tougher blockages or harder-to-reach ones – mainly clogged sewer lines. A hydro jet uses highly pressurized water to blast away any debris causing the clog, including food scraps, cooking grease, hard water scale, and even tree roots. 

A plumber will insert a hose with a unique nozzle into the plumbing that blasts water anywhere from 3000-5000 psi. This pressure is powerful enough to dislodge any blockage but safe enough not to damage the pipes when operated by a professional. While each method has pros and cons, working with a drain cleaning expert is the best way for homeowners to find an effective solution that protects their plumbing and provides that long-lasting solution homeowners need.  

About JD Precision Plumbing Services 

Since 2010, JD Precision Plumbing Services has been helping homeowners in Spring, TX, and the surrounding areas with all their plumbing needs. They provide proven methods, upfront pricing, and the latest technology. Call them today for drain cleaning services in Spring, TX.