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Hydro Jetting VS Snaking a Line (What Are The Pros & Cons For Each?)

If you’ve ever wanted to know strengths and weaknesses of hydro jetting vs snaking a line, then you’ve come to the right page.

Although they help solve the same issue, they are different in more ways than one. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can determine which will give you the best results.

Hydro Jetting vs Snaking

A seasoned plumber or drain specialist will know quickly when to use a “jetter” or a snake to clean out a line. But homeowners don’t have that experience.

Here’s a primer on the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can better understand which is needed for your particular situation.

Advantages of Hydro Jetting

  • Highly effective, long-lasting results for severe or stubborn problems (like tree roots)
  • Clears clogs in all types of pipes
  • Eliminates foul odors coming from drain pipes
  • Service is fast, taking 1 to 3 hours depending on the difficulty of the problem
  • Uses only high-pressurized water, making it environmentally safe
Hydro jetting is a powerful but environmentally friendly way to fix the most stubborn clogs and blockages in any type of drain pipe, from clay to iron to plastic.

Disadvantages of Hydro Jetting

There are some disadvantages of hydro jetting, but honestly the good outweighs the bad in this situation.

  • Some older, weaker pipes might not be able to withstand water pressure
  • Already damaged drain pipes (like those with a “bellied” line) can’t be cleared
  • Price of hydro jetting is higher than snaking a line
Make sure to look into the cost of the service and compare it to the severity of your situation before making a decision.

Advantages of Snaking a Line

  • No risk of damaging pipes
  • Works great for basic sewer line clogs and blockages that aren’t too severe
  • Can be effective for long periods of time
  • Relatively inexpensive
One of the main advantages of snaking is that there is no risk of damaging your pipes. So, you don’t have to worry about that if this service is ever provided.

Disadvantages of Snaking a Line

  • Some clogs are too tough to eliminate
  • Not as thorough as hydro jetting (if snake isn’t wide enough, it can miss pieces of clog and debris)
  • If snaking doesn’t thoroughly clean/clear out the area, the problem can return sooner than expected
A stubborn clog can often be too tough to get out with a snake. This is where hydro jetting can save the day. Another disadvantage is the width of the snake itself.

Final Thoughts

Hydro jetting vs snaking is a decision best made by a professional plumber or drain specialist. Without the proper equipment (including a camera inspection system), it is unlikely a homeowner without prior experience can determine the severity or location of the problem and the condition of the pipe.

Check out our hydro jetting video, featuring Ryan, one of our drain specialists. You can also watch it here.

Call 1-Tom-Plumber

Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call us at 1-Tom-Plumber (1-866-758-6237) if you need a hydro jetting or snaking service.

1-Tom-Plumber’s certified team of plumbers and drain technicians respond immediately to any emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, or water damage problem. We also handle the excavation of underground water lines and sewer main lines. Our immediate-response team is available every day and night of the year, even on holidays.

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