Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking – Which Clears a Clogged Drain More Efficiently?

No one wants to have a clog in their toilet or their drain, but let’s face it, it happens to all of us at some point in time. We know that we are always hoping that a plunger will move the problem along, and we are sure that you are hoping for the same results when you bring your plunger to the problematic drain.

Of course, there are going to be times that you can stand there forever plunging away at the clog, and it just isn’t budging. Unfortunately, you could spend days plunging, and it wouldn’t affect your results at all. That is when you will want to call in the professionals, as they can use a snake or a hydro jet to remove that stubborn clog.

Let us explain what each of those tools are and how they work.

Plumbing snake

A plumbing snake is also called a plumbing auger, and it is a metal tube with a crank at one end. The tube is inserted into your drain and then it is cranked to break up the clog. The materials that clogged the drain are then partially pulled out when the snake is removed from the drain.

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is completed with a high-pressure hose that gets connected to a machine that pressurizes the water. A professional will insert the hose into the cleanout section of the drain and then turn the machine on so that the water is forced down the drain. The water is so forceful that it will break up any grease, hair, minerals, or debris that has built up over time.

Plumbing snakes are normally used for minor clogs, while hydro jetting is saved for when the snake isn’t working. A snake will only temporarily fix the clog that you have, so if it is caused by a serious issue, it will continue to happen. The hydro jet will remove most of the built-up materials, which will fix the issue for good, but it can also cause significant damage if your pipes are weak or beginning to show damage.

The Best Option is Dependent on the Type of Blockage

There is no clear-cut answer as to which option should be used, which is why it is always best to call a professional when a plunger doesn’t remove a clog, or your drain is continuously getting plugged. A professional plumber can investigate what is going on and then make the decision of what needs to be done to fix the problem once and for all.

Our highly-skilled plumbers are on call day and night because we understand that plumbing problems aren’t a daytime-only issue. Call us at 800-408-4567 if you’re in the Los Angeles area and in need of a professional plumber for your drainage problems.

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