How Do They Do It? 10 Tools Plumbers Use to Unclog Drains

Clogged drains are a common occurrence that start with a good amount of buildup- everything from hair in the shower, to cooking grease down the kitchen sink, a clogged drain can happen at any time and can disrupt daily life and cause inconvenience. Thankfully, professional Isley plumbers equipped with specialized tools can tackle these blockages. Curious to know what tools our plumbers use to unclog drains? Keep reading!

  1. Plunger: A classic plumbing tool, the plunger creates suction to dislodge minor blockages in drains, sinks, toilets, and showers.
  2. Hand Auger (Plumber’s Snake): This flexible tool features a coiled metal cable that can be manually cranked to reach and remove obstructions deep within drainpipes.
  3. Drain Snake: Similar to a hand auger but with a motorized operation, a drain snake can tackle more stubborn clogs and blockages with greater power and efficiency.
  4. Hydro-Jetter: Also known as a water jetter, this high-pressure water jetting tool is highly effective for clearing tough clogs, grease buildup, and even tree roots from drainpipes.
  5. Pipe Inspection Camera: A valuable diagnostic tool, a pipe inspection camera allows plumbers to visually inspect the interior of drainpipes for clogs, damage, or leaks, helping them accurately diagnose and address issues.
  6. Pipe Locator: Used in conjunction with a pipe inspection camera, a pipe locator helps plumbers accurately pinpoint the location of clogs or leaks within drainpipes, enabling targeted repairs or cleaning.
  7. Drain Auger: Similar to a hand auger but with a larger diameter, a drain auger is effective for clearing blockages in larger drainpipes, such as those found in commercial or industrial settings.
  8. Chemical Drain Cleaners: While not always recommended due to their potential corrosive properties, chemical drain cleaners can be used cautiously by plumbers to dissolve certain types of clogs and blockages caused by organic matter or debris.
  9. Enzyme Drain Cleaners: A more eco-friendly alternative to chemical drain cleaners, enzyme drain cleaners use natural enzymes to break down organic matter and clear drains without causing harm to pipes or the environment.
  10. Rooter Machine: Designed specifically for removing tree roots from drainpipes, a rooter machine features a rotating blade that cuts through roots, allowing plumbers to clear more severe clogs caused by invasive roots.

Clogged drains are a common plumbing issue that can disrupt daily life. Fortunately, professional plumbers at Isley Plumbing in Westfield, IN, are equipped with a variety of tools to efficiently unclog drains and restore proper water flow. From classic plungers to advanced hydro-jetters and pipe inspection cameras, these tools enable plumbers to tackle even the toughest clogs and ensure uninterrupted drainage throughout the drain system. If you’re experiencing drain clogs or blockages, don’t hesitate to contact Isley Plumbing for expert assistance and reliable solutions.