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Most plumbers will come and clear your drains. You call with a clog, and they solely release that clog. This is not drain cleaning, but rather drain clearing.
To perform drain clearing, a plumbing snake is inserted into your affected pipe. A plumbing snake is a heavy-duty cable, powered by a motor that rotates a blade fastened at the end of the cable. When the motor is turned on, the blade spins, breaking up blockages in its path.
Once a clog is broken apart by the snake blade, water flow is restored to your plumbing; yet, the clog particles remain in your piping. This could pose potential issues later on, as the incompatible pipe intruder that initially caused the clog remains in your pipes.
Your drain will appear fixed; however, clogs will likely reoccur as your plumbing still has the remnants of your previous clog floating around.
I typically do not recommend drain clearing; yet, there is one exception. If your affected drain is in a historic, or older, building, snaking your drain is the best clog removal technique for your property. Older plumbing is fragile and requires the least invasive drain repair in order to avoid fracturing the pipe. We typically recommend jetting which you can find in another section of our website! Drain Clearing is a less expensive fix to quickly clear out your pipes to return service to your home.