Common Drain Cleaning Tools and What They Do

If you’ve ever tried to use a drain cleaning kit yourself you’ve probably took one look at the huge collection of attachments, sticks, rods, cables and hoses and found yourself bemused. Where should you start? Which tool is the best for the job?

Rather than taking a stab in the dark, wasting time, and potentially damaging your drains, it makes a lot of sense to call in the experts and get your drain cleaned professionally. Here’s a quick look at the tools that drain cleaners use, and what purpose they serve.

Handheld Small Diameter Cleaners

Small diameter pipes and handheld tools are usually more than up to the job of cleaning sinks, and also cleaning roof ducts and vents.

Water Rams

Water rams are more powerful jet cleaners that are useful for cleaning commonly clogged pipes such as those associated with bathtubs or showers.

Large Sectional Cables

Larger, thicker sectional cables are good for cleaning drains and vents with a bigger diameter. Sectional cables tend to be good for moving thick debris, but won’t be able to help with tree roots that have penetrated a drain. Sectional cables are ideal for use in difficult areas, though, because if the cable gets damaged you can simply remove segments and add segments.

Large Drum Drain Cleaners

Large drum cleaners are quite powerful, and are cleaner (since the wet, dirty cable can be contained in the drum for easy transportation), and are self contained while also being easy to use. They are heavier than sectional cables because of the drum, but the self-contained nature makes them better to work at remote sites.

If you are cleaning external sewers, drains or ducts, then a large drum cleaner may be a good first choice for cleaning the drain, with sectional cleaners a last resort if the drum cleaner fails.

To learn more about drain and sewer cleaning in Winnipeg, don’t hesitate to contact Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain.

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