Plumbing Professionals Tackle Clogs that Leave Amateurs Flummoxed

Just about every homeowner will, from time to time, have to deal with a clogged drain or sewer line.


  1. Just about every homeowner will, from time to time, have to deal with a clogged drain or sewer line. While these problems can be annoying and disruptive, the fact is that most are relatively easy to solve. Although professionals tend to recommend against it, some homeowners report success with using commonly available, over the counter chemical drain cleaners. Others get through minor issues of this kind by making use of simple plunger devices that apply pressure to the blockage in question. While the least of these common blockages might succumb to such measures, there will inevitably be times when the help of a dedicated, professional plumber will be required. Fortunately, plumbers have some highly effective tools for addressing such problems.

    In many cases, a plumber will begin by trying to break up the blockage with a simple, auger-like device. Typically mounted to a flexible drive-shaft that allows the auger head to follow the contours of a home's plumbing, this can be an effective way of dealing with certain clogs. In some cases, this will be all that will be required to take care of a blockage that would stymie a homeowner's best efforts, and this type of sewer cleaning equipment is also easy and inexpensive to deploy.

    When the challenges become more imposing, another type of drain cleaning equipment will often be used instead. Like an incredibly evolved and more powerful cousin of the simple plungers that most homes are equipped with, a so-called "hydro-jetter" uses the liquid within pipes to push against any blockages that are found there. Instead of a humble rubber dome, though, a piece of sewer cleaning equipment of this type injects highly pressurized water into the system, producing far greater forces and blockage-busting potential.

    Systems of this kind are normally made up of a number of separate parts and sewer jetter nozzles can be fairly large and bulky. Many are mounted to trailers that tow easily behind plumbers' trucks, with long, flexible hoses actually delivering the water to the plumbing system that needs help. Because of this, a hydro-jetter will often remain parked in a home's driveway while a plumber works the hose within, providing all of its power over a space of a hundred feet or more.

    Thanks to the availability of such options, even those clogs that might seem hopeless to a homeowner can often be overcome relatively easily. Given how common household plumbing blockages are, that is always good news to hear.