When your drain fails to work as it is intended, the first thing you reach for is probably the plunger. If that doesn’t work, you may consider chemical drain cleaners, but any professional will tell you that these chemicals can do more damage than good.
The best thing to do when your drain is clogged is to call a plumber. A plumber uses specific techniques and tools to unclog your drain without causing damage and in a manner that is safe for both him and you … and for the environment.
Drain snake – one of the first things your plumber will try is a drain snake. This type of tool is basically a corkscrew on a flexible line. It is normally made of hard metal. The plumber will push the snake down your drain until he reaches the clog. Then, he can manually turn the snake to push through the clog or, if it is powered by electricity, he can turn it on and let it work its magic. A drain snake can eliminate the most stubborn clogs and even push through tree roots and other hard obstructions.
Hydro-jet – this type of tool utilizes pressurized water to blast through the clog. The hydro-jet uses hot water at a very high pressure to force the clog on down the drain, to wash away greasy clogs, and to thoroughly clean your pipes. When your plumber uses this type of tool, you can expect the clog to be eliminated – and it may never come back after the deep cleaning provided by the pressurized water.
When your drain is clogged and a plunger just won’t work, don’t reach for the drain cleaner. Your plumber would never use harsh chemicals to remove a clog. Instead, let the pros use the best tools and techniques to eliminate your clog and get your drain flowing again.