Users of a building require provision of clean water and effective draining of waste in order for their activities to run effectively. The proper drainage of waste from a building ensures that the environment is healthy and safe for use by owners and tenants.
There comes a time when drains end up blocking due to various reasons. The services of a skilled plumber are therefore required in order to carry out drain cleaning. This ensures that the waste is properly drained from the building resulting in a clean environment for users.
Why Drain Cleaning?
Drain cleaning is required in every building at one point or another due to drains which are blocked. Blocked drains occur due to a variety of reasons. Foreign objects which are too big to pass through the drains may be flushed down the toilet. Hair may be washed down the sink and accumulate in drainage pipes thus causing a blockage. Grease and fatty substances which are normally washed down the sink get stuck in the sides of the drainage pipes.
With time, the drains get blocked due to an accumulation of these substances. Leaves which are not swept and disposed off in garbage can easily find their way into the drainage pipes and thus cause a blockage. Even the roots of trees cause blocked drains since they are attracted to moisture. They will crack the pipes in order to get to the water thus causing a blockage.
A plumber can use a hydrojetter to carry out drain cleaning. A hydrojetter is a gadget which releases water that is under very high pressure to remove any dirt that has blocked the drains. The hydrojetter is lowered into the drain and pushed until it reaches the area where there is a blockage.
The pressurized water will break down the blockage into small particles. There are also nozzles on the sides of the hydrojetter that produce a spray which will get rid of particles that are stuck onto the sides of the pipes. The water will push the blockage down the drain allowing waste to freely flow without any obstacles.
A drain snake, which is also referred to as a drain auger is a long flexible cord made up of wires which is pushed down the drain to the area where there is a blockage. A motor then turns the wires at the end of the cord which breaks down the objects causing the obstruction into small particles. These particles are then pushed down the drain to get rid of the blockage and allow waste to flow freely down the drain.
Alternatively, the plumber can pull out the blockage and thus free the drain. There are also drain snakes which do not use a motor and the plumber therefore has to manually turn the gadget until the blockage is trapped and brought out.
Identifying The Blockage
For drain cleaning to be done efficiently, it is important to identify where the blockage is and the nature of the blockage. This will enable the plumber to use the correct approach to clean the drain. Video pipe inspection makes use of small cameras that are lowered down the pipe so that the plumber can view the insides of the pipe and give the appropriate solution.