Drain Cleaning 101: Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking

Hydrojetting vs. Snaking

Do you experience frequent clogs in your pipes or buildup that causes your drains to run slowly? Are you always battling with a plunger in your sink or toilet trying to keep things running smoothly? If so, you may benefit from a plumbing snake or hydro jetting service, as both are well suited to removing stubborn clogs. A plumbing snake is a specialized tool that you can use around the house to remove blockages, and hydro jetting is a professional service that you can use for the most effective drain cleaning possible

What Is Hydro Jetting?


Hydro jetting, as the name suggests, involves blasting water into a pipe to clear it of debris and obstructions. It’s ideal for clogs and blockages of all shapes and sizes and is also a very effective method of removing silt and sand from pipes, as well as mineral buildup and deposits.

This method of drain cleaning requires many specialized tools and professional equipment, including the jet, specialized nozzles and attachments, and video pipe inspection equipment.

Why Hydro Jetting Should Be Left to the Professionals

Along with demanding special equipment, hydro jetting can also be very damaging to pipes. Because the process uses such high water pressure, the jet of water can easily damage pipes that are weak or compromised. As such, hydro jetting is best left to the professionals, who can use video inspection to make sure that pipes will be able to withstand the process.

What’s a Plumbing Snake?

A plumbing snake is aptly named because it’s a long metal cable that snakes and maneuvers around the turns and corners of your plumbing. The purpose of the snake is to find its way to clogs and blockages to remove them.

A home plumbing snake is about 50 feet long. At one end of the cable is an auger, and at the other end is a hand-powered crank. When you have a clog, you insert the auger end into the drain and feed it in until it reaches the clog. The auger then drills its way through the blockage to either break it up or hook into it so that you can pull it out.

Under What Circumstances Do You Use a Plumbing Snake?

Plumbing snake

Plumbing snakes are most often used on thick or stubborn clogs that cannot be removed with a plunger. There are different types of augurs for toilets and regular drains, and some can even be attached to an electric drill to make the process faster. The only thing a plumbing snake cannot remove is mineral or silt buildup on the walls of pipes.

Clogs, blockages, and slow drains aren't something any homeowner wants to deal with, and with the holidays just around the corner, you'll want to be prepared for the extra strain that guests and family may put on your system. A plumbing snake is a handy tool that you should always keep on hand (along with a plunger) so that you can remove stubborn clogs on your own.

If you need a more thorough drain cleaning, call (281) 815-2322 in the experts at Epic Plumbing today to schedule an appointment in Clear Lake. Located in Pearland, we also serve Friendswood, Alvin, and surrounding areas.

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