Norwalk, Connecticut

What Is the Difference Between Snaking & Water Jetting? October 22, 2019

Norwalk, Fairfield County
What Is the Difference Between Snaking & Water Jetting?, Norwalk, Connecticut

When a drain gets clogged in your home, it’s a huge inconvenience. Without the proper repair, the backup can cause serious and costly damage. Depending on the severity of the obstruction, a professional plumber may either need to use snaking or water jetting equipment. Each is designed to address certain types of backups. The following is a guide on both techniques.


water jettingA plumber uses a long, reinforced steel cable called an auger to snake down into a sewer line. The auger has a tightly coiled tip at one end that is designed to rupture whatever is causing the backup. Snaking is typically the first line of defense for clearing a clogged drain or plumbing. It’s constructed to clear pipes without damaging them. This is especially essential for homes that have older plumbing systems. 

Snaking is ideal for removing food, hair, soap, toilet paper, and small items that have caused clogged drains. The auger is also effective for clearing slow-water drains. Augers come in different configurations based on the type of drain. For instance, the J-bend is used to unclog toilet bowls, and motorized augers are designed for larger obstructions. 

Water Jetting

This process pushes powerful distributions of water down into the sewer line to break up the clog. Water jetting equipment, which includes a hose with nozzle attachments and a pressurized machine, typically uses water pressure in the range of 3,000 to 8,000 pounds per square inch (PSI). Given the amount of force applied, the water is powerful enough to clean sewers and keep sewer lines free and clear. 

Water jetting is designed to break up oil, grease, and other fats and push them through and out of plumbing. The system’s high levels of water pressure can even break up tree roots that have made their way into pipes. Plumbers and drain cleaning professionals will typically inspect the plumbing first to determine the extent of a clog before using the water jetting technique. 



All Star Rooter, Sewer and Drain Cleaning in Norwalk, CT, is the specialist home and business owners throughout Fairfield County call on for emergency services. Serving Stamford, Darien, and Greenwich, the company uses the latest equipment and industry-proven techniques to quickly, safely, and efficiently unclog the worst backups. Call (203) 286-4498 for a free estimate and visit their website to browse their water jetting services. 

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