Most people deal with clogging drains at some point in their life. This can be especially tricky when you’re a homeowner and the responsibility to fix it falls to you. This is where professionals come in handy. We at POM Plumbing are eager to help with disagreeable drains.
Snaking to Start
One of the first things we do when we deal with a clogged drain is snake it out. Snaking a drain is a fairly simple procedure. It involves sticking a flexible, metal coil down a drain. The coil will catch onto anything blocking the way and your plumber can pull it free. In this way, we can both solve the problem and see what was causing it all in one go.
Of course, sometimes the situation isn’t as simple as we’d hoped. When a snake isn’t enough, a drum auger might do the trick. A drum auger is like a mechanical snake. It’s a lot more powerful than a hand-powered snake and usually a lot longer as well.
A drum auger is similar to a snake, but is coiled up inside a drum to keep its size under control. The auger is then inserted into the drain like the snake and powered automatically to go down. It isn’t limited by the strength of the person wielding it. This is great for finding obstructions caused by things like tree roots. Of course, tree roots are also more complicated than a simple food blockage.
Taking Further Action
If you have more than a food blockage, like a broken or infiltrated pipe, you’ll need to do more than just snake your drain. Broken pipes require repair or replacement. You can see exactly what’s going on in your drain by getting a camera inspection. This way you can see the full extent of damage and what it will take to repair it.
If your drain was successfully unblocked by having it snaked, you might consider having it cleaned. Drain cleaning is great for pipes that aren’t broken or damaged but that, instead, are lined in grime. This grime constricts the space in the pipe to transfer waste. Having the grime in your pipes cleaned out will make your water drain more efficiently and lower the level of degradation your pipes undergo over time.