Snaking/Jetting Main Sewer Line
The jetting and snaking services we provide can fix clogged drains and prevent damage to your home. Jetting (or hydro jetting) uses high-pressure to clear any blockages in pipe systems or blocked pipelines. We are equipped with other heavy-duty drain snake tools to clear other blockages. Our trained staff offer this service in order to fix any clogging situation before it leads to flooding or has a larger impact on your plumbing system.
Drain Snaking, Roto Rooter, Drain Cleaning in Toronto
Plumber’s snakes are used in drain snake rooting. The experts we employ use motorized drain augers to enter your pipes and offer the use of other tools for clearing out blockages in all your drains.
How Rooters Work
In order to clear any blockage in the plumbing, the snake is sent down the drain and around the bends within the pipes. The drain snake is a flexible stiff metal cable that can extend hundreds of feet. These have a strong head at the end which is turned quickly to remove blockages or used to pull out problems in the pipes. We have snakes specialized for use in kitchens, toilets, and other drains. Using a motorized snake or an auger, it is very possible to handle tougher jobs which require drain snake rooting. These tools have strong engines that enable them to penetrate through the hardest gnarled roots of trees and allows them to destroy the buildup of hard water minerals within the plumbing. The force these machines are capable of is why it is important that a professional is the one operating them.
How to Use Rooters in Drain Snake Rooting
If using a rooter yourself, for user safety, it is advised you follow all safety precautions laid out in the operator’s manual. Due to the danger these tools can be to yourself and your system though, we do recommend leaving it to professionals.
Some of the Precautions to be Observed
If attempting to do self-repairs to your drain system using an auger there are many considerations to keep in mind. The strength of the tool you select can damage or break any pipes that are cracked to begin with. The force that the snake applies as it moves through the pipes, not to mention the head for grinding, is not recommended on damaged pipes. Drain snakes need to be selected at the correct size to ensure that they do not get tied up with itself in the pipe because it was too small. If the snake gets stuck inside the pipe it becomes a greater expense.
How Drain Snaking is Done
By using a plumbing snake, or drain auger, the plumber sends a long metallic cable through the pipeline to break up debris. The tool ends in an auger that can either crush obstructions in the pipes, or hook onto them so that they can be pulled out. The flexibility of the snake makes sure that it does not get stuck, but rather bends at the points where the pipes do. The twisting motion will help to lodge the auger into the blockage. There are various snakes that are crafted to best avoiding damaging the different kinds of drains.
How Do you Use a Drain Snake?
Small home use drain rooters exist and can be used if desired. Begin by covering the area with towels where you plan to snake. Remember to wear gloves since you will need to remove any material that the snake recovers. You will want to keep a pail near you to put anything in. You will want to insert the auger end of the snake into the drain, moving it further along by turning it around. Make sure you do so slowly, twisting the handle to ensure that it is moving further in. If the cable begins to back up it is a sign that you have reached a blockage. Continue to turn the handle until the substance blocking the snake is broken down. If this is not working, pull the snake out to see if the auger has caught hold of the blockage. Once removed, dispose of the object blocking the drain in order to complete the process.
Some DIY Ways to Try to Fix a Clogged Drain
Some other home remedies aside from a plunger include:
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Take one-third of baking soda in a cup and mix it with one-third of vinegar in a cup. Pour it in the drain that is clogged. Hair, gunk, and grime are removed by the fizzing. Allow one hour to pass or leave overnight if possible, and then flush by pouring hot water down the drain.
Boil as much water as you are able on your stove or kettle or microwave. Pour the boiling water down the drain. You should allow time for the water to work before pouring more. This can help with simple clogs.
Warning, when using Caustic Soda it is important to have rubber gloves and eye protection. Chemical burns can result from Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda). In a mop bucket, pour three-quarter cold water followed by three cups of Sodium Hydroxide. Use a wood spoon to stir well. Pass this mixture through the drain and allow 20 to 30 minutes. After that, flush using hot water. Repeat the process if necessary.
Baking Soda and Salt
Make a mixture of half a cup baking soda and half a cup salt. Pour this down the drain. Allow 10 to 20 minutes and then pour hot water to flush the drain. This can dissolve possible debris causing the blockage.
For a clogged toilet, a quarter dish of detergent poured in the toilet bowl will do the trick. Some boiling water should be added, since the detergent works to break up greasy residue. After you have poured down hot water, begin plunging to force the residue to break up further.
Bent Wire Hanger
This technique is only recommended if the clog is obvious and just out of reach. Break apart a wire coat hanger in order to straighten it. Form a hook with one end and use this to fish out the material, and be sure to only pull out the debris, be careful to avoid pushing anything deeper.