One of the principal jobs that our plumbers provide to customers is rooter services that clean out drain lines. This is useful not only for regular drain cleaning that helps to keep the plumbing system in excellent shape but also for handling obstinate clogs that a standard plunger just won’t clear.
However, you might wonder why you would need a plumber to use a drain snake on your drains to eliminate a clog when drain snakes are easily available in stores through numerous online retailers. Is there any reason to actually call up plumbers when you’ve got a drain snake handy?
Store‑bought drain snakes vs. professional drain snakes
First of all, a drain snake is a good item to keep handy in a home. A basic hand-crank drain snake (a.k.a. a drain auger) is a much better option for getting rid of a minor clog than resorting to chemical drain cleaners. In fact, you should never use these chemicals on your drains! If a plunger doesn’t work, a drain snake can sometimes provide a quick fix to the trouble.
However, these drain snakes are, at best, only a temporary solution. And they are not effective at actually cleaning the drain. Most of the time, these drain snakes will only punch a hole through the clog to allow water to drain out. The debris will remain stuck to the drainpipe walls and probably cause another clog a short time later. There will also be heavy clogs that simply won’t respond to simple hand-crank drain snakes.
Professional drain snakes are motorized and can completely remove the toughest clogs while providing thorough cleaning. It takes training to correctly use a motorized drain snake, and they are also too expensive for non-professionals. When you’re dealing with a tough clog, or you want your drains fully cleaned to prevent issues in the future, contact licensed professional plumbers who offer rooter services.