Find Out if Hydro Jetting or Drain Snaking is Better for Your Clog

From stray hair clumps falling down the shower drain to a curious kid who wonders what exactly would happen if they flushed a baby doll down the toilet, one thing is for certain: Not all clogs are created equal! However, it can be difficult to discern the best way to resolve a drain clog when you get one. Check out these tips below to determine whether a plumbing snake or hydro jet is the best option to suit your needs! 

Plumbing Snakes

A plumbing snake is a long, metal structure that contains a long cord with tiny blades attached to it. A crank is located at the handheld end of the device. First, you insert the snake into the drain and turn the crank to slowly release the cable until it encounters the blockage. Next, turn the crank with a bit more force so that the cord either drills through the clog or the material becomes wrapped around the cord and can be extracted from the drain. This will open the drain and resolve your clog.

There are many varieties of drain snakes to choose from, depending on where your drain clog is located. For example, straight devices are  meant for sink drains, while J-shaped snakes are to be used for toilet bowls. If the clog is serious, you can rent a motorized snake to clear the blockage; however, these high-powered snakes are commonly used by professionals, so we recommend that you contact a plumber if the clog is severe.  

Pros of Plumbing Snakes: 

  • Trusted and reliable. 
  • Can be used by anyone.
  • Less harsh de-clogging method. 
  • Best for homes with older pipes.

Pros of Plumbing Snakes: 

  • Trusted and reliable. 
  • Can be used by anyone.
  • Less harsh de-clogging method. 
  • Best for homes with older pipes.

Hydro Jets

Hydro jets are a newer, more advanced solution to serious clogs. One end of the tool contains a powerful hose equipped with specialized nozzles. The machine forces pressurized water through the clog, effectively blasting away the blockage. Because this tool really packs a punch, it is recommended that you have a plumber inspect the blocked pipe with a camera to ensure the force of the water will not cause any damage to your pipes.

Pros of Hydro Jets:

  • Clears blockage completely.
  • Can more easily clear stubborn clogs.
  • Long-lasting results.

Cons of Hydro Jets:

  • Not a DIY operation.
  • May be too harsh for older pipes. 
  • Cannot be used on delicate or cracked pipes.

If you are experiencing a stubborn blockage in your pipes, the experts at J. Blanton Plumbing can safely and effectively get rid of clogs without causing any damage to your plumbing! Give us a call at any of our three Chicago area locations. We would be happy to help in any way we can!