Stubborn drain clogs are not only annoying inconveniences, but can also pose health risks due to bacteria buildup. If liquid drain cleaners aren’t getting the job done, it’s time to call in a professional. Plumbers use state-of-the-art tools to do away with drain clogs fast, restoring your bathroom or kitchen to its normal state in a hurry.
When a plunger won’t do, plumbers use toilet augers, also known as snakes, to insert down into the pipe and tug at the source of a clog. Hair, grease, oil, food debris, and fibrous materials can easily cause clogs deep in the pipe that are impervious to plunging. A toilet auger usually breaks up the source of the clog with just a few cranks of the handle.
Air blasting entails using a handheld device that forces pressurized air against clogs to push them along or create openings. High-pressure air blasting is only effective for short-distance clogs but offers the safest way to deal with blockages in sensitive piping, such as ceramic.
Water jet cutting, or water jetting, is similar to air blasting in that it uses a high-pressure stream of water to wash away stubborn substances, such as grime on pipes. The cutter or jetter is connected to a very high-pressure water pump, and your plumber will point the jet into pipes that can’t be safely scraped. Unlike what its name suggests, the water jet doesn’t have to “cut” the surface it is working on.
Cable Cleaning Machines
Similar to the manual toilet auger, a drain machine clears clogs in pipes by flexing its way into the blockage. Such a machine uses hooks and similar attachments connected to cables to grab and break apart clogs so they can be retrieved or flow through the pipes normally. Usually, a combination of both clearing methods occurs.
At OC Plumbing, we only use the most state-of-the-art tools to address your plumbing needs. Call us for 24-hour emergency service on your drains, toilets, or sewage lines. We also offer HVAC installation and maintenance for Orange County-area homes.