Drains are one of the most vulnerable components of your plumbing system, and clogs are one of the most common issues your plumber is called to address. There are many methods of drain cleaning that may be used to clear a slow or clogged drain—understanding your options and when it’s necessary to call a plumber for professional drain cleaning in Cleveland can help you minimize the inconvenience caused by clogs and reduce the risk of damage to your plumbing from improper drain cleaning methods.
Plunging is the easiest way to solve a slow or clogged drain in your home. Using a plunger is a simple and safe technique that any homeowner can master, and often a few rounds with a plunger is all that’s needed to clear a minor clog. However, the suction created by plungers is only sufficient to clear very minor or forming clogs; severe clogs are often unresponsive to plungers, or will appear to improve only for a short time before the drain experiences trouble once more. If plunging is ineffective or does not solve your problem over the long term, it’s time to call in your plumber for professional drain cleaning help.
Many homeowners reach for a bottle of drain cleaner once plunging has failed to address their issue. However, chemical drain cleaners are not recommended for clearing clogs because they contain harsh chemicals that could pose a safety hazard or damage your pipes and drains with overuse. If you want to try a drain cleaning solution that won’t harm your plumbing, enzymatic drain cleaners are effective when dealing with an organic clog, such as one created by food, soap scum, or hair. These drain cleaners won’t harm your home or the environment, and can be an effective maintenance measure between plumbing visits as well. In some cases, chemical root killers may be used to address sewer line clogs caused by tree root invasion before repairs are made; only your plumber should handle these chemicals.
Snaking is a technique used to clear clogs that don’t respond to plunging or chemical drain cleaning. While snakes are available for purchase at hardware stores, it’s best to leave this technique up to your plumber to avoid causing further damage to your plumbing or accidental harm to yourself. During snaking, your plumber will insert a long, flexible cable into the drain; this cable has a hooked or pointed end, which can be used to break up or pull up a clog so that water can be flushed through the pipe once more. Snakes may be hand-cranked for smaller drains, or motor-operated to clear larger drains, such as sewer lines.
Hydro-jetting uses a highly-pressurized stream of water to scour clogs and buildup away from the interior of your pipes. This professional technique can be used in small and large drains alike, and is often a great solution for plumbing systems suffering buildup and clogs due to hard water. Hydro-jetting can be used to address clogs or to restore the function of an aging plumbing system that performs more slowly than in the past, allowing you to retain your current pipes by increasing their longevity.
When you need professional drain cleaning in Cleveland, our plumbers can respond quickly for fast relief from clogs, buildup, and tree root invasions that affect your plumbing’s performance. You can find out more about drain cleaning and our other plumbing services on our website, or by reading through our additional online blog articles .