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The blockages in your system can be caused by a wide range of materials such as soap, sludge, hair, foreign objects, tree roots, and sediment build-up. Since there are so many things that could cause blockages, there should be various ways to remove them. There are four common methods such as a drain snake, hydro jetting, chemical drain cleaners, and pressurized air. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio, TX would like to explain the process of these common methods so that you know what to expect when your plumber conducts drain cleaning services.
The first method that will be discussed is the drain snake. This is a method that requires some physical labor. The drain snake is made up of a long wire with two attachments. On the one end, there is a corkscrew attachment that is placed in your pipe. On the other end, there is a crank that will also turn the corkscrew attachment. The drain cleaning service provider will push the drain snake into the pipe until it makes contact with the clog. The plumber will push the drain snake through the clog and turn the crank. The corkscrew attachment will break up the blockage or it will be removed with the drain snake. This method is beneficial when the blockage consists of softer material like sludge and hair. This method also works for blockages that occur deep within your pipes. A professional drain cleaning service provider will know when it is the best time to use a drain snake.
Blockages can consist of one large object or it can be a combination of little objects. A plumber will place a small camera in your drain to identify what the clog consists of and where it is located. If the drain cleaning service provider determines that it consists of a bunch of small objects then compressed air might be the best method to remove the clog. The plumber will remove any water that might get in the way of the process. An attachment that is connected to the air compressor will be placed at the opening of the pipe. The plumber will secure it with a piece of cloth so that the attachment stays in place and none of the air can escape. The drain cleaning service provider might have to repeat the process a few times to ensure that the clog is completely removed. The pressurized air method is an environmentally friendly method to remove the clogs in the drain. This method should be avoided if the pipes are old or deteriorated as it can cause the walls of the pipe to break and cause leaks. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio, TX always recommends asking your plumber any questions that you might have about the process so that you can understand why the selected method is your favorite.
During the process of hydro jetting, high pressured water will be sprayed into your pipes. This is achieved through a specialized nozzle that is connected to a water compressor. The process of hydro jetting is very similar to the compressed air method and the main difference is that water will be used instead of air. If the blockage in your pipes is caused by tree roots, mineral build-up, or grime then hydro jetting might be the best service for you. This method also has the added benefit of cleaning your pipes completely. The stream of water that enters your pipes is strong enough to dislodge mineral build-up and break up tree roots. Only a professional drain cleaning service should attempt the hydro jetting method since the strong stream of water can damage your pipes if it is left on the same spot too long. This method is also environmentally friendly since there are no harsh chemicals used in the process. Hydro jetting is also more time-efficient if you compare it to the drain snake or the compressed air method. The plumber will consider all the different factors and recommend which method would be the best for you.
Chemical Drain Cleaners
The final method that is mentioned in this post is the chemical drain cleaners. This method is last on the list because it is the most harmful and ineffective of all the methods. It is beneficial to know what this process entails so that you understand why it is best to avoid it. There are different drain cleaners that consist of a variety of chemicals that react with organic material. This reaction produces heat which helps to remove the clog. These chemical drain cleaners are available in stores but they are not the best option. It is always recommended to hire a professional drain cleaning service provider since they know how to remove your blockage without damaging your plumbing system. This method is also not recommended if your pipes consist of any type of metal. This method could also damage your sink or your toilet if it is not conducted correctly.
These are the four most common methods that your drain cleaning service can be used to remove a blockage from your plumbing system. If certain blockages such as tree roots continue to persist then you should talk to your plumber about ways to resolve the problem permanently. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio, TX recommends looking for a plumber that can provide you with a wide range of services so that you know no matter what your problem is they will be able to help. You should enquire if your selected plumber has emergency services since you never know when a plumbing problem might arise.
If you are looking for a drain cleaning service provider then give bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio a call.