Snaking vs. Water Jetting For Commercial Facilities 

Plumbing care is an essential part of maintenance management. Without clean, working pipes, a facility cannot operate effectively or keep its tenants happy. While minimal maintenance is usually needed for commercial facilities, there is one service you can’t skip, and that’s cleaning your pipes when blockages occur. 

A clogged pipe can cause several issues within the plumbing system as a whole. It can cause buildup of contaminants, put stress on the clogged area causing a break, or can cause issues with the backflow system. In order to avoid these serious issues, your pipes need to be cleaned as soon as a clog is detected. There are two ways in which professional plumbers unclog pipes. They either use the snaking method, or use water jetting for serious blockages.

What is Snaking?

You may be familiar with the term “snaking” as it is commonly used for household drain cleaning. If you’ve ever had hair or food particles clog a drain in your house, you may know about the long metal tube that goes down the drain and either breaks up or captures whatever is causing the clog and removes it. This method can be used for commercial plumbing as well, if the blockage is relatively small and close to the surface

Snaking is often used for small clogs in places like bathroom drains. For bigger jobs, however, water jetting is more fast and effective. 

What is Water Jetting? 

Water jetting or “hydro-jetting” is a system that uses pressurized water to blast a plumbing blockage and force it down the pipes. Hydro jetting requires special equipment that only a professional plumber has, which means this is not an effective DIY method for the office. However, water jetting can break up large or difficult blockages such as tree trunks and natural debris, and is much faster than snaking. 

The only downside to this method is that it cannot be used if the piping is in poor condition or if there are breaks present. The plumber will often run a scope down the piping to ensure no breaks in the pipes are present, as hydro-jetting could cause them to burst entirely. 

If you’re unsure of which cleaning method is best for your plumbing issue, contact our local MaintenX team today. We offer both snaking and water jetting services to most areas, and can help you determine which is right for your facility. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced, and will be there every step of the way to ensure superior service. 

For more information contact us at 855-751-0075. 

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