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Drain Cleaning Tool Selection Tips

As you have read in countless articles and statements, a drain line in a plumbing system is a crucial part of any residential waste disposal system. At the same time, there have been many cases that the drain pipes and other fixtures leading to the line have been riddled with issues. To make things worse, not all remedy that you hear or read somewhere can be completely beneficial as it is a case to case basis and anything can go wrong during the procedure. This is one of the reasons why every homeowner must be able to evaluate the damage and arrive with the right type of tools that should be used to fix the problem.

If you are one of the few who has no idea how to go about this task, here are tips in selecting the right tools and equipment to use in a drain cleaning procedure:

  • Type of Drain Damaged

There are several drain types in an average household or residential space. Knowing exactly what type of drain that needs to be dealt with will play a huge role in determining the right types of solution that can be both helpful and less damaging to the sewage system. Therefore, to avoid causing undue damage, it is better if the homeowner or the contractor knows the extent of the situation and how fragile the composition are.

In some cases, occupants can overlook their usage of strong mechanical and chemical cleaners that can be stressing to the other fixtures in the system. This is because the main drain fixtures are usually connected with heavier pipes that can withstand greater pressure produced by bigger pumps. The smaller drain pipes such as the sink drains, on the other hand, might burst when injected with strong pressure.

  • The Types of Blockages

In every drain issue that a homeowner encounters, one of the most effective ways in dealing with the problem is to know as much as you can about the problem. One of the most important details that need to be known by the resident is the composition of the blockage. This is because in more cases than one, the solution usually depends on the type of materials that it has to deal with.

To name a few, for blockages caused by grease and oil build up, emulsifiers and c-knife rodding heads are the most efficient and effective tools to be used. For root intrusions, a high pressure water jetter and other rodding heads with cutting tools are ideal. For hair tangles, hygiene products, bathroom essentials and random objects that are flushed down the drain that had caused the drains to block, an auger or a plumbing snake can be extremely helpful in solving the problem.  

  • Type of Tools Needed and Available  

There are also homeowners that are already equipped with a few tools and equipment on hand. In this case, check your tools and look for the most applicable that’s capable of unblocking your drain.