For centuries people have been trying to improve plumbing and the ability to get water to the home and take waste away from it. There were some significant advances made in the 1800s and 1900s, but along with a more sophisticated plumbing system, tools to help work on these systems were needed. The tools became more advanced to what plumbers use today. These tools now are so powerful and precise, they make a plumber’s job much easier. Although plumbers use typical tools you’d find in a toolbox, such as a wrench or pliers, there are some specific tools that help them to get the job done right in a quick timeframe. Some of these tools are:
A hydro jetter is a professional tool the plumber uses which helps to blast away all types of clogs. It uses a high pressure water cleaning system with hot water that scours the inside of pipes and is able to get rid of clogs from grease, oil, fat, and even years of built up soap scum. These jetters should only be used by trained plumbing professionals as they are so powerful they can do real damage to pipes and or the person operating it if they don’t know what they’re doing.
Video Pipe Inspection
In the past when a plumber was called to find a serious clog, they would have to make an educated guess as to where it was. Sometimes this required digging up pipes that were underground or even ruin walls that hid pipes, causing hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage. But with the invention of video pipe inspection, that’s no longer a problem. These machines can snake down the pipe and with a high resolution camera on it, and the plumber can tell exactly where the problem is. This modern camera is even able to stay upright while snaking down the pipes.
Drain snakes are able to easily get rid of most clogs. These snakes are made with wires that coil up and twist as they ‘snake’ through the pipes. Once the clog is reached the plumber will start up the motor and the action helps to dislodge any clogs by either pushing the clog through or breaking it up. There are drain snakes available at local home improvement stores in Melbourne, Florida, but these are rarely long enough. A professional drain snake can go up to 300 feet.
Getting rid of clogs is easy work for most plumbers and their modern day equipment. Not only are they faster than in years past, but they are more accurate and plumbers are able to finish their work much quicker than in the past.