Having a clog or odor in a drain can quickly become a nuisance to clear and clean. If your drain is not working properly, it may be time to clean your drain. Trying to remove the clog yourself without the proper tools may accidentally force the blockage further down your pipes. That’s why it is always advisable to call a plumbing company such as S.A.A.B. Plumbing and Heating.

Drain Clearing Vs. Drain Cleaning

Two of the best options for cleaning your drain are drain clearing and drain cleaning.

Drain Clearing

Drain clearing involves the insertion of a motor-powered heavy-duty cable that’s known as a plumbing snake, which rotates a blade fastened at its end, into the affected pipe to clear the blockage. Once the motor is turned on, the blade spins and breaks up blockages in its path.

Water flow is restored to your plumbing once the clog is broken apart, but small particles of the clog still remain in your piping. Your drain will appear fixed, but clogs will likely recur since your plumbing still has remnants of the previous clog stuck to the insides of the pipes.

Drain Cleaning

Drain cleaning involves fully flushing out your pipes. If you have been snaking your drains over and over again and are still getting clogs, you need to schedule drain cleaning. It is best done using hydro jetting to permanently get rid of partially cleared clogs still lurking in your plumbing.

Hydro jetting involves the use of a special hose and nozzle to introduce pressurized water into your plumbing. It flushes out all foreign objects and incompatible substances in your pipes. Any debris, build-up, and clogs are washed away and water flow is restored.

Which One Should I Choose?

Drain cleaning is clearly superior to drain clearing since it leaves the plumbing thoroughly cleaned as opposed to just dislodging a clog. Hydro jetting ensures that your pipes have fewer stoppages and longer lifespans.

When Should I Have My Pipes Professionally Cleaned?

If you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • You see grime, dirt, or residue in your sink, laundry, basement, or tub
  • Your shower drains, tubs, and sinks are having trouble evacuating water
  • Your tub or basement is emitting a foul odor

Call S.A.A.B. Plumbing and Heating to Have Your Drains Professionally Cleaned!

Now you know what’s the difference between drain clearing and drain cleaning. If you want your drains professionally cleaned, you should contact S.A.A.B. Plumbing and Heating or give us a call at 508-960-SAAB. We will give you a free estimate on your requested service and you can trust us to finish the job quickly and reliably.