Hello, we are Jim and Dave Schuelke, with Twin Home Experts.

We’re here to talk about and answer the question: What’s the difference between snaking and hydrojetting?

Live here at a training facility, we are going to actually illustrate the snaking and hydrojetting methods in the video above.

So before we start, we want to show you exactly what we put into this line – which is paper products, roots, and sludge, the most common causes of backups.

Snaking method in action

As Juan gets the snaking method into action for us, you can see where the end of the cable is.

The end of the cable has gone through the paper products and it’s bound it up to the actual roots that are in the line.

You know what’s really cool is that cable slamming and breaking up that paper product in there. We’re actually right here. Now the cable is headed right to the sludge.

As you can see, the water kind of helps by pushing and cleaning the drain all at the same time.

If you follow along in the video, you can see that the cable is working through the sludge and binging on the roots.

Well, there you have it!

Once it breaks through the roots, the actual stoppages, which is the roots and the sludge, may hit a fitting. This means that the stoppage now is going to take a little bit more effort to go through the actual fitting to clear out the backup.

What’s left behind?

All right, now that the cable’s gone through the entire length of the pipe, we’re going to go ahead and extract the cable out, and see what the cable actually retrieved.

It actually pulled out more of the paper product than anything else. Obviously if there’s massive roots in that line that are coming in from a break, the cable method is not going to be as effective.

But as you can see, it does a pretty good job with removing that soft stoppage.

Now that we’ve retrieved the cable from the drain pipe, we’re going to go ahead and take a really good look and see if the cable left anything inside the line.

As you can see in the video, the cable did a pretty good job breaking down the stoppage, but it did leave a lot of the debris left inside the pipe, especially at the fitting area.

Let’s go ahead and see what hydrojetting does compared to what the cable method did.

Hydrojetting method

Next in the video, we demonstrate the hydrojetting process. But before we do that, we wanted to go over with Juan, our hydrojetting technician, what hydrojetting is.

“Hydrojetting is a way to clean to the pipe with high pressurized water at about 4000 psi. We utilize a hydrojet that shoots 12 gallons a minute, and has an end attachment called a laser penetrating tip, which goes down the pipe.”

As for the water in the pipe, there is one line going forward, and there’s multiple coming back, which propels it down the pipe and through the blockage.

For this demonstration we went ahead and installed some regular toilet paper as well as roots. For both our hydrojetting and snaking presentation, we added the stoppage downstream so the comparison would accurately portray the difference in the two methods.

After pushing the hydrojetting hose through, you can tell that the stoppage is completely cleared; it is spotless.


So, what’s the difference between the snaking and hydrojetting methods?

The snaking method opens the line, but the hydrojetting actually opens and cleans the line.

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