Information About Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking
Do you feel lost when it comes to the difference between hydro jetting and snaking? You’re not alone. Hydro jetting and snaking are two effective methods used to safely and efficiently clean your drains and remove clogs or blockages.
Professionals prefer both approaches over store-bought chemical drain cleaners and both methods have definite benefits and advantages. So how do you choose which method for your next drain cleaning service?
The actual difference between hydro jetting and snaking so you can be properly informed on your next plumbing appointment.
What is Snaking?
Snaking is a method used by professionals to clean the drains and remove simple clogs or blockages efficiently. Here are the main facts about snaking:
- The device consists of a flexible cable with auger-like rotating blades mounted on the end and a crank that controls the blades on the technician’s end.
- The cable is fed through the drain or, snaked through until the technician feels resistance against the blades.
- Resistance indicates a blockage.
- With the cable in place, the technician begins to crank his end of the device, turning the blades and chewing up the clog or blockage.
- In smaller pieces, the clog either gets washed out through the system or pulled out of the drain manually when the snake is removed.
When is Snaking Recommended?
Snaking is often the first recommended step to dealing with a clog or blockage in the drain. Since it’s a simple service that is also safe and effective, plumbers rely on it to quickly remove clogs on a regular basis.
Although, sometimes snaking is not enough. If the clog is particularly stubborn, if it’s hardened or if it’s a recurring issue, we recommend hydro jetting.
What is Hydro Jetting?
As the name implies, hydro jetting uses a high-pressure jet of water to clean your drains and pipes. The water’s pressure is high enough to blast through clogs and remove them quickly and efficiently.
Hydro-jetting is a safe service that also actually prevents future clogs from forming. The jets are high enough to smooth the inner texture of the pipe, which leaves little room for new clogs to form. This makes hydro jetting the preferred repair for hardened blockages and recurring clogs.
Is DIY Hydro Jetting Possible?
Many home plumbing repair services are safe to try with little to no experience. Hydro jetting is not one of them. When you call a professional for a hydro-jetting appointment, the technician will carefully inspect your pipes and ensure they are in proper condition to receive the service.
Sometimes, pipes that are already damaged or weakened by time or chemical drain cleaners are ruptured or further damaged by the intense pressure from hydro jetting. It’s important to trust a professional.
To schedule your next snaking or hydro jetting appointment in Tampa, FL, call (727) 223-6400 and speak with the experts at Tampa Bay Plumbing.