If you’ve owned a home for any number of years, chances are you’ve come across this scenario at least once: you come home from work, you’re ready to cook dinner, and you start prepping by washing your vegetables, only to discover water backing up into your kitchen sink due to a dreaded drain clog! In the most ideal of situations, this is easily resolvable with a simple plunger and a handy family member to help if need be.
But oftentimes, these clogs actually originate in the drain opening but travel further along the sewer line, meaning that the clog is blocking the main outlet to your sewer line. Another temptation that homeowners have in a situation such as this is using store-bought liquid drain cleaners. Unfortunately, these chemical cleaners are corrosive and can do more harm than good to your plumbing system. What you need instead is professional hydro jetting services in Albuquerque, NM.
Hydro Jetting: What It Is and Why You May Need It
The first thing to remember—and perhaps the most important thing to remember—is that hydro jetting is a method that should only be used by professionals with the specialized training and experience to do the job. The tool used to conduct this service is not even available to the average homeowner.
This tool is a high-pressured hose that blasts water into the inside of the drainpipe from all angles, effectively breaking up clogs and sending them out through the sewer line. One of the main benefits of hydro jetting is that it prevents many of the most common types of drain clogs in the future.
What Causes Severe Drain Clogs?
There are a number of potential reasons you may need hydro jetting, just as there are many causes of drain clogs. Video camera inspection is the method that our professional plumbers use to find the source of the clog. This is an unobtrusive service that helps us to zero in on the problem and decide exactly what needs to be done.
Through video pipe inspection, we may find that you have a major blockage due to waste buildup, corroded pipes, or even tree roots that have infiltrated the sewer line. Whatever the case may be, we’ll be able to provide the solution, whether it’s hydro-jetting or another service.
Hydro Jetting Isn’t Always the Solution
In many cases, your drain clog may just be affecting a single drain in your home. Typically, tackling a clog this close to the surface is relatively simple, and may not require professional services at all. (However, if it’s occurring with the same drain over and over, we do recommend you have us take a look.)
- Try a Plunger: Like we mentioned above, you can try a sink plunger to see if that relieves your clog. Do not use the plunger with the flange attachment—these are meant for toilets.
- Try Baking Soda and Vinegar: If you already have water backing up into the sink, this probably isn’t going to do much. But if you just have one slow drain, putting a few scoop of baking soda down it and following it up with a cup of vinegar can help break up small clogs.
- Drain Snaking: While these machines are available for rent at some hardware stores, to avoid further damage or injury we recommend relying on a professional for drain snaking services.