Comparing DIY vs Professional Drain Cleaning Tools
Is DIY drain cleaning possible? What drain cleaning tools work well for homeowners?
Can an amateur homeowner unclog a drain or toilet by themselves?
What drain cleaning tools are available for homeowners with a limited budget.
Get a Good Plunger
One plunger is a flat rubber attached to wood. This type of plunger is limited when it comes to clearing clogged drains. Buy the better plunger and get better results.
Tip: before plunging, block the overflow hole with a wet rag for better suction.
Professional drain cleaners use many different drain snaking machines, also called augers. Most, if not all of the pro machines are too expensive and large for homeowners to purchase.
However, there are affordable drain snakes that will work if the drain clog is not too far down the line.
Do you have a sink drain clog? Try the DRAIN-CLEANER-TOOL-ZIP-IT.
Easy to use and less than $4, this plastic strip has small barbs on the edges. Push it down the drain several times at different angles. If your sink clog is caused by hair, you may be successful in clearing the drain yourself!
Kinetic Water Ram
This tool produces a powerful burst of compressed air, instantly clearing clogs.
The reviews say that the KInetic Ram works very well but it is messy. To see the Kinetic Ram being used on an actual job:
As seen on Steve Lav – youtube.
Hydro Jetting Machines
Hydro jetting machines, also know as high pressure water jetting machines, are for professional use. Hydro jetters can remove almost any clog with high pressure water. They are not used by amateurs because of their expense and need for a trailer or truck to transport them.