When attempting to clear a blocked drain, you want to ensure that your plumber uses only the latest in technology, particularly if you have old terracotta or clay pipework.
If your plumber uses the electric eel, they run the risk of causing further damage to your drainage network due to the uncontrollable nature of the drain snake.
The network of drains that run through your property, are the arteries of your home. They need to be running freely without any cracks or blockages, otherwise they can cause much more damage to your home, if left untouched.
When you have a blockage or a broken pipe on your property, the ground above them can shift over time. This means that when the blockage or break is under the slab of your house, it can seriously effect the structural integrity of your home.
This is why your drainage system is referred to as the arteries of your home. When they are not functioning, they will cause major problems for you.
The most efficient and cost effective method for clearing blocked drains, is through the use of specialized drain clearing equipment. The electric eel or drain snake, is the older, outdated technology whereas the updated technology is the high pressure water jetting machine.
There are a lot of plumbers that still use the older Electric Eel (also known as a plumbers snake or a drain snake) method today and only few that use a High Pressure Water Jetter, but which is the better choice to clear a blocked drain an Electric Eel or a High Pressure Water Jetter? This is a common question asked when a blocked drain or clogged toilet becomes a problem.
The first Electric Eel or Drain Snake was invented in 1933 the Electric Eel works by a motor spinning a steel cable with a cutting head attached to the end. The cable is fed into the pipes chewing and mashing whatever it comes in contact with, however the further the head is away from the plumber the more uncontrollable and dangerous it becomes.
The High Pressure Water Jetter is far newer technology it pumps water at roughly 5000 psi which is strong enough to cut tree roots. The Water Jetters consists of a motor which pushes water through the water hose and finally out of the head which has an outlet on the front to clear the way and multiple outlets behind it facing all directions which clean the pipes and propel the Water Jetter through the pipe.