Different Types of Rodding and Drain Cleaning Equipment
Rodders, this is a kind of semi-inflexible cable that when is shoved into the sewer line, either thrust the cause of obstruction out of the sewer pipe or will get caught on the rod and is tugged out. However, there are myriad of rods that plumbers can utilize for sewer clogs. Here are the following:
This is considered a basic form of a rod in the industry. The rod is a coil of half firm flat steel along with a plug or a ball on the end portion. This kind of rod can be used by pushing its entire length through the obstructed sewer line and then breaks and pushes up the cause of the blockage. The length of the rod comes in various sizes that reach up to 100 feet.
However, every rod has its limitations, here is for the tape rod:
- The rod could only take limited blockages because doesn’t have the feature to turn.
- Since they only have a single type of head, it still limits the type of obstruction they could get.
- From the above mentioned, they are clearly useful only on straight lines because of its firmness that does not turn in corners.
Like the tape rod, sink auger is coiled within a canister with a self-feeding auger on its end portion. The canister is linked to a handle and a knob that could be used to turn the rod around. This type of rod is suitable for blockages that aren’t too far from the fixture drain.
Kinetic Water Ram
The ram utilizes a compressed air to remove the clog. Using the ram is simple, all you have to do is to pull the trigger like a gun and tug it back. This tool can be used to showers, lavatories, toilets, bathtubs, kitchen sinks and floor drains.
Before using it, try to read all the warning signs and instructions. Because the force the ram releases is pretty much intense that it could damage a fixture when used.
A closet auger is a very useful tool for any plumbing blockage in your house. This tool contains a spring cable that ends in an auger head and on the other end is the Auger’s handle. When the tool is placed into any utility, most of the time is a toilet, the handle could be turned that causes the end of the cable to stop the blockage.
There are classifications of the Auger’s size. ½ x3 ½ feet and the ½ x 6 feet. The latter is more expensive than the former, however, if you can afford it the extra size comes in handy when it pushes the blockage up until it reaches the main.
Here are its setbacks
- The thing about augers is that its longest auger is up until 6 feet only and if the blockage is beyond the length mentioned, the closet auger could not do its function and cannot stop the problem at all.
- Size and auger head cannot be changed.
- Because the tool is flexible, there might be blockages that the tool can’t handle.