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Drain Cleaning vs. Drain Clearing: What’s the Difference?

January 12, 2022 | Blog

While you might use the words “cleaning” and “clearing” interchangeably in some contexts, plumbing isn’t one of them. Drain cleaning and drain clearing might sound similar, but these processes require different tools and techniques. Not only that, but the effects of drain cleaning and drain clearing on your plumbing system are also different.

Depending on the type of plumbing problem you have, one might be better suited for your system than the other. Learn whether you need drain cleaning or drain clearing by reading the blog below.

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What Is Drain Cleaning?

Drain cleaning is the process of flushing out pipes. Plumbers force highly pressurized water through your pipes with a special hose. Drain cleaning is excellent for eliminating clogs or grease buildup that might be hiding on the walls of your pipes.

Drain cleaning also helps proactively prevent future buildup. While it’s a more invasive plumbing service than drain clearing, it is well worth it to schedule hydro jetting services with your trusted plumber since you’ll save money on unnecessary plumbing repairs in the future.

When To Schedule Drain Cleaning Services

Homeowners should consider scheduling drain cleaning services if they experience the following:

  • You constantly need to have your drains snaked for clogged pipes
  • You hear unusual noises coming from your pipes
  • You have slow-moving drains or standing water in tubs and sinks
  • You see a sudden increase in fruit flies around your home
  • You smell sewage

What Is Drain Clearing?

Drain clearing is a much less invasive procedure typically reserved for small-scale plumbing problems. In this instance, a plumber is notified of a specific blockage, finds it, and removes that clog and that clog only.

Usually, when performing drain clearing services, a plumber will insert a snake into the affected pipe. This snake is powered by a motor with a rotating blade at the end of the cable. Once powered on, the blade spins and breaks up the blockage, restoring proper water flow to your system.

While this might provide a temporary fix for your slow drains, clogs are more likely to recur since the remnants of the previous clog are still in your system. For this reason, many plumbers recommend drain cleaning rather than drain clearing for modern homes.

When To Schedule Drain Clearing Services

In some cases, drain clearing may be the best option for your home. If you live in an older, vintage home or own a business in a historic building, your pipes will likely be much more fragile than modern plumbing systems.

Because of this, hydro jetting services might do more harm than good, running the risk of turning into a burst pipe. Instead, drain clearing with a snake is the preferred method for removing stubborn blockages in historic homes to avoid fracturing the pipe.

Drain Cleaning & Clearing Services at Bud Anderson!

Whether your home requires drain cleaning or clearing, the plumbing experts at Bud Anderson have the skills and expertise to eliminate any blockage affecting your plumbing system.

From our state-of-the-art hydro jetting and video camera pipe inspection services to our standard snaking techniques for older homes, we can clear the way for improved plumbing performance in no time.

Schedule drain cleaning in Northwest Arkansas by calling Bud Anderson at (479) 927-2700 today!

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