Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking for the Best Drain Cleaning Experience

Is your toilet overflowing seemingly for no reason? Have you noticed that your drains in your sinks, tubs, and floors empty slower than before? Do you hear ‘gurgling’ when you clear water from your sinks, tubs, or showers? If so, then there is a blockage present inside your sewer line, but do you know what to do to remove it?

plumbingsnakeTools of the Trade: Plumber’s Snakes

A plumber’s snake is a popular tool for clearing blocked drains which uses a long rod with a coil at one end to break clogs apart inside of your sewer line. The snake, or auger, is a metal rod with a wire inside to make it flexible. One end is equipped with a hand crank, which pushes the end with the coil into your pipes and turns it, breaking apart anything which gets in the way.

Plumber’s snakes are ideal tools for removing blockages because they are a cheap but effective method of solving the issue. They are also ‘gentle’ on your pipes in that they won’t cause damage to your plumbing system if your pipes are old and worn-out.

However, because they are a ‘gentler’ form of drain clearing plumber’s snakes are not ideal for removing tree roots which may have infiltrated your pipes, since the coil may not be robust enough to break the roots apart.

Hydro jetting: The Professional Solution

Hydro-jetting is a professional plumbing technique which involves using equipment to spray water at a high pressure, sometimes up to 4,000 psi, into your pipes. The intense pressure caused by the spraying water can scrape away years of caked-on debris, including grease, grime, food particles, and even tree roots in blocked stormwater drains.

However, hydro jetting is not suitable for homes with older pipes, since the pressure from the water may damage the fragile parts of your sewer line, leading to leaks and other issues.

When Should You Use a Plumber’s Snake?

Plumber’s snakes are cost-effective and non-invasive, perfect for clearing blocked sinks and showers. But it’s important to note that a snake can only remove what comes into direct contact with the coil. If your main sewer pipe is larger than the snake, remnants of the clog may be left behind as a result.

Why is Professional Assistance Necessary for Hydro-jetting?hyrojetting

If you don’t work with a qualified plumber for your hydro jetting needs, you’re putting yourself at risk of damage to your pipes as a result of mishandling the equipment, and not knowing how to judge the appropriate water pressure to use properly.


For more information about keeping your pipes clean and clear, and for all other plumbing solutions, contact the experts at In Deep Plumbing today.