Experiencing clogged drains can be a quick way to ruin your day. It isn’t fun to take a shower in 2 inches of standing water, or to witness a swimming pool forming in your kitchen sink. Let’s not even get started with toilet clogs…
And far too often, the reason for this pesky household problem is hard to determine:
No matter the cause, there are a lot of ways to fix your drain issues. Two of the most common are snaking and hydro jetting. We’ll talk about which one’s right for you, but first let’s figure out if you even need to go that far.
As Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith River Valley & Southwest Missouri’s most trusted plumber, we like to strike a good balance of easy, effective, and—whenever possible—inexpensive. Before trying more drastic measures, there are a couple ways to DIY a clogged drain.
A snake, or drain auger, is a coiled spiral with a handle on the end. It works the opposite way of a plunger—pushing into the clog to drive it further down the drain, which slowly breaks up the debris. As the clog breaks down, some of it goes down the pipes, and the rest can be pulled out with the hooked end of the snake. Some snakes even fit as an attachment on an electric drill, which gives more power and force to hook onto and break up the clog.
While it’s pretty easy to snake your own drain, there is definitely a right way to do it. Following these steps can help you improve your chances of success.
If none of your DIY attempts clear your clog, it’s time to call in the big (water) guns.
Hydro jetting uses a high-pressure hose to blast water into your pipes, cleaning every surface. Instead of just cleaning the bulk of a clog, hydro jetting can make your pipes look and function like new. Hydro jetting works for extreme blockages and is a longer-term solution to your clog problems than the drain snake.
Of course, hydro jetting is a job for Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith & Southwest Missouri plumbing experts. Typically, professional plumbers will start with a snake, since most clogs are relatively minor. But hydro jetting may be the best option for clogs in multiple drains or severe clogs that continue to recur. Your plumber will use video inspection equipment to identify the source of the problem and the right tools for the job.
The best way to fix drain clogs is to avoid them all together! Don’t use your drains as a garbage can. Never put starchy or fibrous foods, fats or greases, eggshells, coffee grinds, or bones down your kitchen disposal. Keep huge toilet paper wads and menstrual products away from your toilet pipes. And clean your hair out of the shower drain on a regular basis.
No matter how massive your clog—or what it’s made of—we can handle it! Give us a call today.