Snaking vs Hydro Jetting

Drain clogs are a household nightmare for all of us. The last thing we need in our busy life are clogged toilets and sinks. These clogged water pipes are the route for all our waste and dirty water to go out of our homes, now can you imagine if that stops?

In such scenarios, when your normal plunger doesn’t seem to do the job, you’re left with two options- snaking and hydro jetting. Each method has their advantages and should be performed by a professional only. Understanding the difference between these techniques can help you choose which one works for you.

What is Snaking?

Snaking is the method where a long flexible cable is inserted into the pipe. One end of the cable consists of a cork-screw like coil, which breaks up and penetrates through the clogs it encounters in the pipe. 

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro Jetting ( also known as water jetting) uses high pressure water coming from a hose connected to a machine that creates pressurised water. This powerful stream of water cleans out any debris, tree roots or clogs in the way.

Benefits and Drawbacks-

It is obvious that both these methods work but how to be sure which one is for you? It is best to use advice from a skilled technician at plumbing911 but here is a list of pros and cons-

Benefits of Snaking-

  • Does not cause any damage to pipes, so is suitable for weak pipes or old buildings

Drawbacks of Snaking-

  • Not very powerful, so cannot clean stubborn clogs or recurring clogs permanently.

Benefits of Hydro Jetting-

  • No harmful chemicals are used as only a pressurised water stream is used to clean clogs.
  • It is versatile as it can be used to clean both domestic and commercial pipe lines.
  • It is very effective as it easily cleans out stubborn clogs and even tree roots. 

Drawbacks of  Hydro Jetting-

  • Older and weaker pipelines may not be strong enough to handle the pressure.
  • May not be much effective against severe drain obstructions

Which One To Choose?

It really depends on the type of clog you have. If there is a deep clog on your sewer line or a very stubborn one, hydro jetting is the way to go. 

Snaking is a more basic method that works well on shallow clogs and can be done by individuals alone but it’s cleaning capabilities are limited. 

On the other hand- hydro jetting, which cleans the pipes like new isn’t suitable for all sorts of pipelines and may damage old pipes. It also can’t be attempted without a professional.


End Words

Slow-moving drains and overflowing sinks are one of the most common household issues that occur on a regular basis. Both methods of resolving this issue are effective to some extent with their drawbacks. The best way to determine  the right technique for you and your household is to contact your local, professional plumbers. They have better equipment and are well trained to diagnose and treat your problem. 

Count on the sewer and drain experts here at The Plumbing 911 for all your drain cleaning needs. Call us today to schedule a consultation with a drain cleaning professional and get started!

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