When faced with a giant clog in your drain, the issue becomes a matter of scale, which means you need to weigh hydro jetting versus snaking. In other words, depending on the size of your clog and your plumbing abilities, you will need to make the best choice for getting your pipes free and clear again. Each method has its pros and cons, which we will help you work through.
Pros and Cons of Snaking Pipes
Plumbing augers, known most commonly as plumbing snakes, are a relatively easy, quick fix to drains. Many people know someone with a snake and are skilled enough to free drain clogs comprised of hair, food, and other gross things. Snakes are also a great way to sort of get a feel of what’s going on down there. For example, if your snake is unable to plow through a jam, then there could be a bigger issue at hand. Now for the bad news: snakes come in two different shapes—straight and J-shaped. If you don’t have access to the correct one, then you’ll need to track one down, buy one, or call a plumber. The other problem with snakes is that, while it’s great knowing if you have a serious blockage in your pipes, it’s even better to remove said blockage, which snakes can’t do.
Pros and Cons of Hydro Jetting
As the name indicated, hydro jetting is a super-charged stream of water shot through your pipes with an intense level of pressure. This is not something you can do yourself, unless of course you’re a plumber specializing in hydro jetting. While calling a plumber may sound expensive, it’s not half as expensive as paying for the subsequent flooding that can occur if you try to cut corners. Hydro jetting is extremely effective and can clear out almost any major clog. Further, it gets your pipes back to being clean and clear.
So which one is Better?
It really depends on your needs. As this home owners guide suggests, get a feel for what you’re dealing with first and then go from there. If you’re ever in doubt, just call a plumber for a consultation. Pipes are not something you want to neglect, nor cut corners with.