When it comes to clearing out a clogged drain in your house, you only have two options: use a plunger, or call a plumber. Any other method you should avoid—especially pouring toxic and acidic chemicals down your pipes. If the basic kitchen and bathroom plunger can’t blast through the clog, then call for a plumber to bring the professional equipment that will restore your drain in no time.
For excellent plumbing repair in Athens, GA, whether removing a drain clog or repairing a broken sewer line, you can call Henson Mechanical Inc any time of the day or night. Let our experienced staff take care of whatever ails your plumbing.
What professionals can do to unclog drains
The basic tool that a professional plumber will use to take care of a drain clog that a plunger cannot handle is the drain snake, or drain auger. A drain snake is a long, flexible wire coil attached to either a hand crank or a powered system. The plumber pushes the drain snake down into the drainpipe until reaching the clog. The end of the metal coils then “corkscrew” into the clog and either extract it or break it apart. Tougher clogs will require powered drain snakes, while the manual models can take care of easier ones.
Hydro-jetters are another common tool of the trade. These machines fire out high-pressure, high-temperature water streams from the end of a hose that goes down into a drain. A motorized compressor maintains the high pressure for the hydro-jetter to work. These systems can thoroughly clean out clogs and keep drains clean in general. Hydro-jetting is potentially dangerous work, so trust this work to the professionals, who take precautions and use special safety gear to protect themselves.
In some cases, a plumber may need to use video inspection equipment to find the location and nature of the clog. These miniature cameras mounted on long cables give the plumber a detailed picture of the problem affecting your drains, and allows for more precise cleaning and unclogging.
Don’t reach for that liquid drain cleaner!
Yes, it’s tempting to use an inexpensive liquid drain cleaner when you have a clog that resists your attempt to plunger it away. But keep those cleaners on the shelf (preferably the store shelf) and avoid causing damage to your drainpipes or yourself. Instead, reach for the phone and contact a professional plumber. Henson Mechanical Inc is here when you need top-quality plumbing repair in Athens, GA.