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What Goes Into the Drain Cleaning Process?

drain-cleaning-processUsually, homeowners don’t tend to schedule drain cleaning services until something obvious occurs to require it, such as a clogged bathtub or sink drain that’s causing water to back up. Many times, however, problems that could warrant drain cleaning aren’t as apparent as you may think.

Therefore, scheduling Los Alamos, NM plumbing services on a regular basis is important to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of your pipes. But what exactly goes into this process?

Video Pipe Inspection

Reactive drain cleaning appointments, as mentioned above, are fairly common. However, there are a number of issues that could require drain cleaning that aren’t discovered until an inspection. Specifically, a video pipe inspection. This service gives our professional plumbers a good idea of the state of your drains, and whether or not any specific repairs need to be made.

This part of the process includes using a camera to take a look down the line—the camera transmits a detailed image back to the plumber controlling it, allowing us to identify any service that is needed, and the cause of any blockages (typically what’s found is waste buildup and lime scale). After that, the actual process of drain cleaning can begin.

Drain Snaking

There are a couple of different methods that our professionals use to effectively clean your drains. Drain snaking is one of them, and often the first thing a plumber will try. We will insert a “snake” into the pipe until it runs into the problem area, at which point an auger on the end of it will be used to break up whatever the blockage may be.

This drain cleaning method is effective in getting rid of a number of different types of clogs. However, it’s not the best tool for every situation. They can’t reach every part of the pipe walls, plus there are some types of drain issues for which they aren’t efficient enough to resolve. If a drain snake is insufficient, then the next step is hydro-jetting.

More about Hydro-Jetting

This drain cleaning method has become increasingly popular in recent years. A hydro-jet essentially functions as a firehose for pipes: the jet fires a high-pressure stream of water through an omnidirectional sprayer head, which enables it to reach all areas of your pipes.

The pressure released from the hydro-jet is strong enough to blast away pretty much anything that’s in your pipes, leaving them clear to resume operation. This service is often used for preventive drain care, as well to address specific drain clogs, since it can actually prevent new clogs from forming in the future by completely eradicating waste or lime scale buildup.

Drain snaking, on the other hand, is used more often to fix drain issues than to prevent them from occurring in the first place. It’s important to remember though, your pipes may be too far gone for either of these drain cleaning methods to work. You might require a pipe replacement if whatever is causing the clog is too entrenched to remove. It depends on the individual situation, so be sure to contact a professional for this service.

For quality drain and sewer services, reach out to the pros here at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!

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