5 Steps Plumbers Use To Clear Blocked Drains

When you have tried all the DIY tips for clearning your blocked drains and nothing has changed, it’s time to call your qualified plumber, who will use his specialised tools and equipment to unblock those drains for you.

1. Plumbers Drain Snake

The ‘Eel’ or plumber’s snake is often reserved for difficult clogs that cannot be loosened with a plunger. It’s a flexible metal cable with a small auger or uncoiled spring on one end and a handle on the other. It cuts away at blockages when it spins and has a longer range than a handheld drain auger and benefits from being operated by a plumber.

2. CCTV Drain Inspection Camera

CCTV drain inspection camera’s involve the use of highly advanced closed-circuit television system that is used underground – in piping – to inspect the condition of drain pipes to assist with identifying any location or developing damage to a drainage system. The camera is attached to a  cable reel and guided through pipes providing a  real-time inspection and identification of the problem.

3. High Pressure Water Jet

Highpressure water jetting also referred to as hydro-jetting or highpressure pipe cleaning is a powerful cleaning solution designed to clear severe and or stubborn blockages in drains, sewers, and other pipe systems. Plumbers should operate the equipment as the force is very strong. The water pressure from the water jet can blast tree roots and blockages out of the way.

4. Excavation

A severe blockage may require a plumber to dig out the area around the pipe, remove blockages, repair damage, replace the pipe and backfill. Old clay pipes can crack and collapse and the entire pipe may need to be dug up and replaced to clear the blockage.

5. Pipe Relining

Pipe relining preserves your initial plumbing installations, reinforcing pre-existing pipes with a new interior to protect against tree roots, pressure, or corrosion. The epoxy lining inserted into the old pipe seals cracks and weak points, giving you an essentially “better than new” system. Before the relining, the plumber will employ CCTV and water jets to locate and clean out blockages. ‘No Dig’ pipe relining is an increasingly popular option for people who wish to repair their pipes without damaging their gardens.

We use state-of-the-art drain cleaning equipment such as high-pressure water jetters and sewer drain cameras. Get in touch with Todsta Plumbing today to talk to a fully licensed plumber.

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