When it comes to the arsenal of tools that licensed plumbers use to clean drains, there is one tool you won’t find: liquid chemical drain cleaner. The bottles of chemicals advertised as “drain cleaners” on the shelves of grocery and drug stores are almost the worst thing you could pour down a drain aside from liquid fat, grease, and oil. The acidic action of these cleaners can damage pipes and cause corrosion, ruin fixtures and porcelain, and harm you if any of it gets on your skin or in your eyes.
Here are some the tools that you are more likely to find your plumber using when he or she comes to your home in Broomall, PA for drain cleaning.
This is the drain cleaning equipment that we favor at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.; we have learned from 37 years in the plumbing business what works best.
Drain augers (drain snakes)
The standard tool plumbers use to clean a drain when the trouble is a major clog blocking the pipe is the motorized drain auger, also known by the more colorful moniker of “drain snake.” An auger consists of a long, flexible coil of metal that works similar to a corkscrew. The end of the auger goes down the drain until it reaches the clog; then the plumber activates the motor, which forces the ends of the coil to drill down into the clog. The plumber can then either pull the clog out or break it apart. There are manual hand-cranked drain augers as well, but they are much less effective at cleaning out drains than the motorized versions.
Hydro-jetting equipment will not only break through almost any clog, they also provide comprehensive cleaning of the inside of drains to eliminate grease, soap scum, and mineral deposits so the drain works more effectively. A hydro-jetter blasts out high-pressure, high-temperature streams of water along the interior of drainpipes. This job requires special training and protective gear because of the potential danger from the powerful water streams, so you must leave this to professionals to perform.
Video inspection equipment
Miniaturized video cameras mounted on long fiber-optic cable will not clean your drains or smash through clogs… but they can be essential part of finding out not only where drains need cleaning, but how best to take care of that cleaning. Thanks to the images that the cameras send back to video monitors from inside the pipes, plumbers will have much better ideas for how to attack dirty and blocked drains, saving time and doing a more effective job. That is why video pipe inspection is a worth while endeavor when it comes to drain cleaning.
Your plumber won’t show up with chemical drain cleaners, so you shouldn’t try to use chemical drain cleaners either. If you call up a reliable and experienced company in Broomall, PA for drain cleaning services—a company like Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.—you will have the finest equipment put to work to unblock and cleanse your drains.