Plumbing Tools Used to Unclog Pipes

Plumbers choose tools according to the location and severity of the obstruction of the drain cleaning. Instead of using chemical drain cleaners that offer a temporary solution, professionals uncover drains with rooting tools, submerging tools, tools and tools to remove drainage washing. Because clogged drains are such a common problem, drain cleaning tools and equipment are widely available for purchase and rent at home improvement stores and hardware stores.

Rooting tools

Rooting tools, also called augers or “snakes,” fall into two general categories: manually operated snakes and motorized snakes.  The main component of both types of drainage drills is a flexible metal coil with a corkscrew tip. A hand operated crank rotates the coil of the manual drain auger and an electric motor or gasoline turns power drill coil. To use a drain auger, the plumber inserts the tip of the coil into the drain pipe and pushes the coil until its tip meets the obstruction. Grab the tip of the corkscrew-like blockage and the plumber pulls the entire coil out of the drain pipe.

Sinking tools

Generally associated with toilet repairs, sinking tools are also used on common plunger drain pipes in sinks. The standard, home plunger consists of an inverted, rubberized glass attached to a straight handle. To use a plunger, the plumber places the cup over the drain opening of the clogged area and pushes down the plunger handle. The sudden push forces an air blast or stream of water into the obstructed drain pipe, often strong enough to dislodge the obstruction in a drain pipe.

Flushing Tools

Flushing tools use directed, strong water streams to dislodge and dissolve drainage obstructions. The most basic washing tool is a garden hose, but there are various garden hose accessories available on the market concentrate and strengthen the hose current for the specific purpose of unclogging drains. Unscrew fittings typically at the end of the hose. If you use a standard attachment or hose, the entry point into the drainage system is usually through a ventilation tube in the roof of the structure. To eliminate a drain, the plumber finds it nearer to obstruct the drain vent and feeds the hose into the drain system. The plumber becomes the water and allows the powerful current to dislodge debris.

Drain Removal and Tool Repair

In many cases, the most effective method of clearing a drain is to dismantle the drain and remove debris by hand. If an obstruction exists between threaded portions of drainage pipes, a plumber can remove pipes with standard wrenches. If pipe cutting is necessary, the plumber uses a metal saw or alternative saw. Cast iron pipes most connect with semi flexible rubber linings. Screw clamps drive cast iron accessories to loosen with screwdrivers and nut-drivers.