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Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking for Clearing Stubborn Clogs

We’ve all been there, water draining slowly in the sink or tub, a toilet that takes forever to fill back up after getting flushed, foul odors coming from the drain. Clogged drains are common for many homeowners. There are several solutions to handle a clogged drain. Whether it’s plunging the drain with your handy plunger our using liquid drain cleaner to dissolve the clog (this is not recommended by professionals since the chemicals tend to corrode and weaken the pipes), homeowners have numerous options when it comes to cleaning a drain.


The two options that come most highly recommended are hydro jetting and snaking. Both options have their own advantages and benefits, but which option is best for cleaning a stubborn clog? Let’s investigate further.

The Snaking Process

plumbingsnakeSnaking involves using a cable fitted with a crank-operated auger-like blade on the end. The process of snaking a drain looks something like this:

  • The cable is inserted into the drain by a technician.
  • As the cable is fed into the drain, the technician will feel for resistance to see where the clog is located.
  • Once the clog is located, the technician turns the crank, which rotates the blades on the other end of the cable.
  • The clog is chewed up, and the smaller chunks can either wash out through the system or get pulled out when the cable is removed.

When is snaking the best option?

Snaking is the best option for simple clogs that have not yet hardened to the pipe wall. This process is fairly simple to do, which makes it the preferred method for dealing with emergency clogs that need immediate results.

Although snaking is often the first line of defense against a clogged drain, if you are experiencing an especially stubborn clog, it may not be enough to get the job done. In these cases, we turn to hydro jetting.

How does Hydro Jetting work?

hyrojettingUsing a high-pressure jet of water, technicians are able to blast through years of hardened debris and blockages in the drain. This service is highly successful and is a great option for extra stubborn or recurring clogs.

The pressure is so high with this service that it can smooth the inner surface of the pipe, which prevents future clogs from forming. For this reason, hydro jetting is often considered more effective at permanently handling clogs.

Do not try it at home!

Although hydro jetting is safe and effective for residential use, we strongly discourage homeowners from trying it themselves. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the high-pressure water and make a mistake that could cost you in the long run.

Hydro jetting is also not recommended on pipes that are already weakened or damaged since it could cause further damage or ruptures. When you hire a professional, they will always inspect the pipes beforehand to ensure they are in a stable condition to receive the service.

Hydro jetting and snaking have great benefits and advantages depending on the unique service you are looking for. For help deciding between the two, ask the experts at y-skoda.ru in Houston, TX. Call to schedule an appointment today.