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Sewer Cleaning: Cabling vs. Jetting

If you notice that water is not draining down your sinks or appliances normally, you may need to clean your sewer lines. Sewer cleaning involves clearing out build up and debris in the sewer line so that water and waste can flow down the line without impediment. This is usually done using one of two methods: cabling or jetting. Keep reading to learn about each of these methods, and how to determine which one is suited to your cleaning task.

Cabling

Cabling is a process that is used to remove stubborn clogs in a sewer line. As you might guess from the name, it involves inserting a cable into the drain line that has a head that can retrieve items, such as toys, or chop up debris like tree roots. The biggest advantage to cabling is that it can quickly break up and remove large blocks from the line, however it isn’t as effective for dealing with build up that’s caked onto the side of the pipe, like soap residue and grease.

 Jetting

The second method that is used for sewer line cleaning is jetting. In this case, a hose is inserted into your sewer line that sprays out pressurized water. This helps to break up clogs that are formed by food or scum, while also cleaning the pipe walls. The advantage to jetting is that it is able to remove residue and clean the lines in a way that cabling cannot. The downside to jetting is that it cannot remove larger obstructions that are firmly lodged in the sewer line. Also, if your sewer lines are older or in poor condition, jetting may not be an option, as the pressurized water may cause damage to your pipes.

If your sewer line is in need of cleaning, give Best Plumbing a call. We offer both cabling and jetting services and will help determine which is the best method for your sewer lines. Contact our experts today to schedule a cleaning appointment. We serve the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas!

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