Clogged Drain ? Not All Drain Cleaners Are Created Equal!

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Clogged Drain ? Not All Drain Cleaners Are Created Equal!

When it comes to drain cleaning, some people think that when a drain backs up that you can just go down to the local hardware store and rent a drain cleaning machine and within a couple hours and a $50 rental fee “PRESTO”  the drain is working again. Maybe pouring some harmful chemicals down the drain will do it? Or perhaps hiring your handyman to do it, “hey he was pretty handy at installing the tile backsplash for me, it’s just a clogged drain”

The truth is, Unfortunately, majority of the time, it is not that simple. 

Clark County Plumbing & Drain has over 16 different drain cleaning machines, each one has its own unique purpose and task. Our drain cleaning technicians have years of experience diagnosing and clearing clogged drain lines. They also have hours of safety training to make sure that themselves, the homeowners, and the home stay safe during the time of the service.

“The Right Tool For The Right Job” 

There are three major types of drain cleaning machines used in residential and commercial applications. Sectional cable machines, continuous cable (drum machines), and hydro-jetters

Sectional cable machines

These machines use numerous open wound cables from 4′ to 8′ and sometimes up to 15′ in length. Sectional cables are joined one at a time to a power auger and rotated in the pipe. The power auger unit is kept separate from the cables until the pipe is cleaned. Because the two components of sectional machines are separate, sectional machines are usually considered lighter to transport.

The sectional cables are transported in a carrying case which looks like an open cage with a handle. Sectional cable machines take longer to clean the pipe since you have to constantly couple and uncouple the small segments of cable. Also, they are difficult to use inside the house, because they splatter as the cable rotates.

The machine spins an open wind cable at high RPM’s when a clutch is depressed on the machine, The Higher RPM’s allows for a larger cable to clear the pipe more thoroughly. Because the cable only spins when the clutch is depressed it is considered safer to use than a Drum machine. The open wind cable helps to auger and agitate solids and debris in the drains and sewer lines.

Like Sectional Machines and their cables come in multiple sizes. These machines are efficient at cleaning small fixtures and drains such as clogged bathroom sinks, clogged tubs, clogged showers, clogged kitchen sinks all the way up to large sewer mains and municipal drain lines.

Continuous cable machines ( Drum Machine)

These machines have a power auger unit with a drum containing a cable. The cable is one continuous piece. The one continuous cable piece may consist of 25′, 50′, 100′ or more, joined together by couplings. The lengths and size of the cable vary.

During the operation of a drum machine, it is not usually necessary to add cables. A continuous cable machine is sometimes perceived to be heavier than a sectional machine because the power auger unit, drum, and cable are one single unit. The upside is that continuous cables are much faster to use and splatter less.

Drum machines spin at lower RPM’s compared to sectional machines, the power to the machine is controlled by a foot pedal which allows the operator to keep both hands on the cable. Because of the weight of the cable inside the drum, the cable still spins after the power is cut off from the foot pedal. Which makes this machine much more dangerous to operate. Only experienced technicians are recommended to use these type of machines.

Like Sectional Machines, drum machines and their cables come in multiple sizes. These machines are efficient at cleaning small fixtures and drains such as clogged bathroom sinks, clogged tubs, clogged showers, clogged kitchen sinks all the way up to large sewer mains and municipal drain lines.

Roots on drum machines

Roots on drum machines

 

 

Hydro-Jetter

Sewer jetters, also known as “hydrojetters” or “water jetters”, are powerful drain cleaning machines that use high-pressure water jets to clear obstructions in residential and commercial drain pipes as well as larger municipal sewer systems.

Hydro-jetters are the best and most efficient way to clear clogged drains, they work like a pressure washer to clear debris, scaling, and even roots from inside drains and sewer lines.

Because hydro jetters use high pressured water to clear clogged drain lines they are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and only trained and skilled technicians should operate these machines. These machines are highly specialized which machines that they are considerably more expensive to operate and it is suggested that two people operate the machines.

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