Proper drain cleaning equipment is vital for basic safety and hygiene. We come prepared and fully equipped with everything needed to safely perform your specified job.
When we are called to clear a house’s sewer drain, this is what they bring. They don’t bother with mini-rooters or simple handheld models. Discount Plumbers comes equipped with large, very expensive versions of these augers.
Drain snakes come in several different types, ranging from simple handheld models to powerful motorized augers. The reason for the variety is that there are different types of drains: sink drains, toilet drains, house drains, sewer drains, etc. While a plumber might have all of them, you’ll likely need only one or two, for cleaning a sewer drain.
A standard household drain snake, sometimes called a drum snake or top snake, is the smallest of the drain-clearing augers. It is primarily used for clogs in tubs, showers, bathroom sinks, washing machines, and sometimes kitchens sinks. Most have a 25- or 50-foot cable with a corkscrew tip for snagging debris. They come in many different shapes and sizes as well as manual and electric.
A drum snake has a cylindrical or bell-shaped drum into which the snake cable is coiled. Many also include a handle for supporting the tool and a rotating knob for turning the drum (and cable). Another type of standard snake is nothing more than a 25- or 50-foot cable with a tubular metal handle that slides along the cable and is tightened down to turn the cable.
Medium Drain Machine
A mini-rooter (or medium drain machine) is a light-duty version of a sewer auger. It typically includes a 3/8-inch-diameter cable and should have at least 50 to 75 feet of cable length. It also has an electric motor that spins the cable and an assortment of interchangeable cutter heads for various types of clogs.
These snakes are great if you have a long kitchen or washing machine drain to clean out, or if you need to snake the drain from (or under) the kitchen or bathroom sink once you take off the trap. They can also be used to clear a kitchen or washing machine line from a roof vent. Do not use these machines for tub or shower stoppages because they can damage the trap under the tub or shower. While some mini-rooters come with cutter heads for 4-inch drain lines, usually these machines aren’t powerful enough to clear difficult sewer drain clogs, like tree roots.
A sewer auger is a professional-grade drain machine used for clearing 3-inch and 4-inch drains and sewer lines, such as the buried drain running from a house to the city sewer main under the street. It has a heavy-duty electric motor that spins a large cage containing a 100-foot or longer cable. Cables are either 5/8 inch or 3/4 inch in diameter.
Water Jetters are ideal for clearing soft stoppages and ice from clogged drain lines. They use a stream of high pressure water that hits the stoppage and flushes it away. Whether you’re up against grease, sand, or ice, the thrust of the nozzle drives the hose down the line and gives you wall to wall cleaning action.
Got a sewer problem and have no idea what it is or where to dig? A sewer video inspection just might help.
In years past, dig points were much a matter of educated guesswork. Now, with sewer video cameras and locating equipment, it is a simple matter of calling a sewer video inspection and locating the block.
What Is a Sewer Video Inspection?
This is a process where you call in a plumbing company or a specialist to run a video line through your waste pipes.
The video might extend down your branch lines (the pipes that lead from bathtubs and faucets to the house’s sewer line) or down the house’s sewer line (the larger pipe that leads from the house to the municipal sewer line on the street). At the end of the line is a camera that lets you see the line in close-up and real-time detail.
Is It Necessary?
While this would not be a frequent occurrence, but you might need a video inspection if you plan to add a bathroom or remodel your kitchen or a bathroom. Due to the greater quantities of wastewater involved, you may want to inspect your sewer line to make sure that it can handle the increased needs.
Typically, though, most homeowners call in a sewer line video inspection only if there is a problem, such as a blockage that cannot be fixed by plunging, liquid drain cleaners, or sewer or drain augering.
DIY Sewer Video
Yes, but it is more cost-effective to hire a company.
Homeowner-level video inspection scopes are far too short to inspect more than the first few feet. Not only that, these scopes probably are not auto-focusing or self-righting.
By contrast, sewer video scopes and locator units owned by plumbing companies can cost upwards of $15,000. They have powerful lights; they are self-righting (the picture always stays upright); they are high-resolution; they have recording capabilities. Most importantly, these cameras have transmitters at the end which can help the technician locate block points.
If you are doing an entire sewer line video inspection, you will see a “walk-through,” leading from the trap, down through the sewer line, and up to any obstructions.
If the camera can push through the blockage, it may continue through to the municipal line.
Do not expect a Hollywood movie. While the resolution is high, the picture will be jerky because the scope has to be manually pushed down the line.
Where to Dig?
The camera unit has a transmitter. The video technician/plumber will stop the camera at the blockage point. Then he will go up to ground level and wave a locating device until the device picks up the transmission signal. This allows him to spray a paint spot at the exact point of blockage. You will dig the sewer trench here.
Discount Plumbers is a full-service plumbing company. We have the knowledge, experience, and state of the art equipment to take care of all your plumbing needs start to finish. This ranges from clearing a simple clogged drain to repairing or replacing underground sewer and water lines when necessary.