Plumber in uniform with full toolbox and equipmentNo one wants to experience plumbing problems, but they do occur and are often best left to professionals to repair. Homeowners can try to fix minor issues with a plunger, but when you need more significant help, like snaking or hydro jetting, get in contact with trained plumbers. At Arrow Sewer & Drain, we offer hydro jet drain cleaning as part of our specialized sewer and drain and plumbing services throughout north and central New Jersey. We can help you fix and maintain all your home’s systems. Here, we’ll share more information about hydro jetting versus snaking for plumbing problems and which is better for different situations.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting, or hydro jet drain cleaning, is a more intense method of cleaning drains than do-it-yourself solutions and is performed by trained plumbers. The process involves using a long hose, putting it down the pipes, and then using high-pressure water to clear out blockages and build-up. High water pressure can affect different kinds of clogs, including grease, food particles, mineral build-up, hair, soap, sand, and more, and it helps to get rid of odors and bacteria.

When Should Hydro Jetting Be Used?

Hydro jetting is beneficial for plumbing problems that other methods haven’t worked on. This is because it provides a more thorough and complete cleaning. However, since hydro jet cleaning uses pressurized water, it’s not suitable for every job. It’s best for use in newer drain systems and pipes that are more durable and able to withstand high pressure. If hydro jetting is done on old, worn-down pipes, it can cause damage to them that you want to avoid. Professionals will typically use a sewer scope to determine the condition of your pipes and therefore the best option to use for treating your specific problem.

Hydro jetting can also be used as a maintenance tool, to prevent further clogs and build-up from forming later.

What Is Drain Snaking?

A drain snake, sometimes called a drain auger, is a common tool used by plumbers (and some homeowners) to break up and clear clogs from pipes in a process called snaking. The drain snake is usually made with a coiled steel wire that has a handle with a crank on one end and blades on the other end. The plumber will maneuver the snake down the pipe using the crank, and then the blades are used to break up parts of the clog so they’ll wash away. Alternatively, the snake can latch onto the clog and help the plumber pull it out. 

When Should Snaking Be Used?

Snaking is best to use on minor clogs and blockages that aren’t too deep. The snake can break up clogs but can’t wash away debris on pipe walls, so if you have a deep clog or lots of buildup, snaking might not be the best option. Snaking is a good option for homes with older pipes and systems because it doesn’t use the high-pressure water that hydro jetting does. 

If you’re handy around the house, you may be able to snake your drain yourself.

Contact Us When You Have Plumbing Problems

If you’re not sure whether your plumbing problem needs a simple plunging, drain snaking, or more intense hydro jetting, the trusted team at Arrow Sewer & Drain can determine the best service for your problem. Serving north and central New Jersey, Arrow Sewer & Drain is a family-owned company with more than fifteen years of experience in the industry. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

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