Soap residue, hair, grease, food particles, dirt and minerals in the water will combine to form thick clogs of sludge and scum in your pipes. It's a common problem. The common solution, for years, has been to trudge to the hardware store, buy a plumber's snake, and try to break the blockage up in order to clear the drain. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Fortunately, you have a better options: power-rodding. This is what you should know.
Why Using A Plumber's Snake Is A Bad Idea
Plumber's snakes are imperfect solutions, at best. These thin, flexible augers come in various sizes. Some are fed through by hand and some use turn-cranks, which provide a little more power and force. For large drains (like the one to your main sewer) you can get one that has an electric motor.
The problem with using one is that the wrong size auger can end up damaging your pipes. You have to be careful how hard to feed the auger through - it's entirely possible to punch a hole straight through PVC pipe with a metal auger! It's also possible to tear the pipes loose at the joints, creating leaks. Pick the wrong size auger and you can end up getting it jammed into your pipes, creating a whole new type of clog!
The head of a plumber's snake is supposed to work a little like a whisk brush, helping clean out the gunk as you go. The stiff barbs or bristles also catch on things like vegetable fibers and hair and help pull them back up out of the drain - in theory. Some are made with a corkscrew-shaped head that is supposed to simultaneously punch a hole through the clog and catch hairs and fibers so they can be pulled out. In practice, the head can sometimes end up shoving the clog deeper into the pipe, making it worse.
Power Rodding Is An Improved Solution
Power rodding is a method similar to using a plumber's snake, but it's got some improvements that make it more efficient and less likely to damage your pipes.
The electric motor and steel cable are attached to a cutting head, instead of the barbed, bristled, or corkscrew style head of a plumber's snake. The small, razor-sharp blades quickly rotate, cutting through hair and fibers (rather than attempting to catch them and drag them back out). They also cut through layers of solidified gunk and liquify any masses, allowing the whole thing to be flushed through the pipes with running water.
Because of the rotating blades, it's not necessary to push through the accumulated mass. Since you don't have to apply the force needed to punch through the gunk, you also don't risk punching through your pipes - or tearing them loose at the joints.
If you've been struggling with a drain that just keeps clogging back up despite your best efforts to clear it, skip the snake and call the plumber for an advanced solution like power rodding instead.
For more information, contact American Eagle Plumbing & Drain Cleaning or a similar company.Share
31 March 2015
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