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Plumbers Snake Or Hydro Jetting

Every homeowner will experience a clogged drain at some point. While most can be cleared by using a plunger or drain cleaner, there are others that need a professional. A plumbing company has two choices; the first choice is a plumber’s auger also known as a plumber’s snake, the second choice is Hydro Jetting the drain. Let’s first address the plumbers snake. Most plumbing companies have a full arsenal of augers, small augers for showers, tubs, and bathroom sinks, and then there is a toilet specific auger designed to tackle the tough toilet clogs.

Hydro Jetting Machine
Hydro Jetting Machine

A Large Plumber’s Snake Is Designed For 3 Inch Pipes

Medium augers can have a thick 3/8 inch cable that reaches 50 to 75 feet. This powerful tool is capable of clearing longer pipelines. Then you have the large heavy duty auger that has a cable that’s 5/8 of an inch thick and reaches 75 to 100 feet. They are designed for three-inch pipes or larger, and powerful enough to cut through roots that have penetrated your severed line.

The Average Do-It-Yourselfer Can Use A Plumbers Snake

If you’ve ever spent time at your local hardware store, you’ll notice augers come in all shapes and sizes. For the average do-it-yourselfer cleaning a drain using a plumber’s snake is entirely possible. Although there are some things to consider, for example, most snakes are expensive except for the smaller ones that are used for clearing sinks, showers, and tubs. You would be better off renting a larger snake at your rental yard if you still want to tackle the project on your own.

There is A Drawback To A Plumber Auger

As powerful as an auger is, there are some drawbacks. Most notably snakes have a tendency to go through roots leaving some of them behind. Most clogs are made up of paper products, grease, sludge and in some cases tree roots. A Hydro Jetting machine is a powerful method of clearing the worst drains and is the preferred choice for commercial applications. The Hydro Jetter exerts 4000 pounds per inch (PSI) of water. It will remove everything in the path, leaving your drains clean.

Call And Get The Expertise You Need

Call your plumbing professional at Big B’s Plumbing.Our highly skilled technicians can walk you through the drain clearing process. We’re an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. Check out our top notch reviews on Facebook, Google+ and Yelp.

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