All drains are susceptible to getting clogged or plugged at some point however, not all clogs are created equally. While your first instinct might be to clear the drain yourself so you can avoid the cost of calling in a plumber, if you do not have the right tools or the experience, you may end up causing damage that is far more expensive to repair. There are several tools needed for effective drain cleaning in your Ottawa home.
Hand-Held Drain Snake
For smaller problems such as a bathroom drain clogged with hair or a kitchen sink clogged with grease, a hand-held drain snake may be the best piece of equipment. A professional drain snake is a flexible cable made of steel, up to 100 feet long. This tool is used when a clog is far enough into the drain system that a plunger is not effective. The cable is fed into the drain and into whatever is causing the clog. The snake may break apart the material that is clogging the drain, or your plumber will be able to pull it out using the snake.
Power Drain Rooter
When drain cleaning for your Ottawa home is required due to roots that have penetrated your piping, or a clog that cannot be reached with hand tools, a large power drain rooter may be required. This is not an item the average homeowner would have on hand, but your professional plumber should. The drain rooter has a steel cable up to 150-feet long that is fed into the drain and depending on the nature of a clog, your plumber will use one of many attachments to either cut away, pull out or force the clog into the city’s main drain. Some of these attachments include:
- Heavy-duty saw blades
- Corkscrew retrieving tools
CCTV Drain Camera
CCTV drain cameras are invaluable for a professional plumber doing drain cleaning services in Ottawa. The camera can be used in waste stacks, drains and sewers and shows your plumber exactly what is causing the problem so they can use the proper tools to fix the problem.
When it comes to drain cleaning, hire a professional with the right plumbing tools. Getting the job done right the first time will save you money and prevent costly damages that can occur with the wrong tools and inexperience.
John The Plumber
1541 Riverside Drive