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Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Drain Snakes and Enzymatic Cleaners

While it’s never fun to deal with a clogged drain, the good news is that help is readily available. Depending on the situation, an electric drain snake or an enzymatic cleaner might address the issue. What are the pros and cons of each?

Electric Drain Snakes

In modern times, industry professionals have adopted the use of electric drain snakes so that they can work more efficiently. These electric drain snakes are sent down problematic drains, and their electric motors turn their augers. Electric snakes can be more powerful than manually operated ones, so they make sense in many situations.

Electric drain snakes are very versatile. Plumbers can use these tools in almost any location with any kind of pipe. They’re easy to operate, and they’re able to reach far into a plumbing system.

However, these tools do have their limitations. They could have trouble when faced with significant blockages. Further, they might not do the best job at cleaning pipes that are a bit wider than they are. In this case, they won’t be able to effectively brush the sides of those pipes, and this could result in recurring drainage issues. Another factor is that they require a source of power. This shouldn’t be a concern in many homes, but in certain locations, it could make things more complicated.

Enzymatic Cleaners

Enzymatic cleaners can also tackle clogs. They’re simple to use, as you simply pour them down the drain, following any special directions provided on their packaging. These cleaners are quite different than chemical-based drain cleaners that some people employ since they don’t contain harsh materials like sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid. Enzymatic cleaners don’t produce harmful fumes, they offer a more environmentally friendly approach, and they can be gentler on your pipes.

The enzymes in these cleaners can break down fats, oil, and grease in your pipes in addition to destroying any live organisms, which could include mold or mildew spores. They can break down other organic matter, too, so they do a good job cleaning your drains and preventing clogs from building up.

The major disadvantage of these cleaners is that they don’t work that quickly. They take time to get things accomplished, so in the case of a severe clog in a part of the home that you frequent, this might not be practical. Further, they might not be as widely available. You may have to shop around for them or get them directly from a plumber.

A Few Options

The next time you experience a clogged drain, you can consider enlisting the help of an electric drain snake or enzymatic cleaners. Feel free to contact Bearden Plumbing Solutions if you ever need drain cleaning assistance in Adairsville, GA.