As a residential customer, there can be nothing more frustrating than a clogged drain in your home. For a drain cleaning professional, there are few things as satisfying as swooping in to rescue customers from their plight with a repertoire of tools to help them get the job done as fast as possible. You may be a bit surprised at just how many tools and gadgets a pro will show up with when you call out for help with your clogged drain. Take a look at some of the most common tools often used by drain cleaning professionals.
Zip-It Drain Tools
A zip-it is a long, skinny, and flexible plastic tool that the pro will insert slowly into the clogged drain, wiggle and twist, and work to retrieve anything that is causing the clog. This tool looks a lot like an elongated zipper with ridges of teeth that run along both sides of the thing. The teeth will grab ahold of debris, hair, and gunk while the professional works with it so it can be pulled in reverse out of the drain. Zip-its can be pretty long, some long enough to reach several feet down into the drain.
This neat little hand tool looks a little like a handheld sink sprayer, except it has a really small hose leading from it at the nozzle and a cartridge that slips into the handle that contains CO2. The nozzle end gets pushed into the drain as far as the pro can get it. The end of the hose nozzle is flared out in a circular shape because it has a rubber collar meant to seal the drain. When the trigger on the drain gun is pulled, the CO2 cartridge delivers a high-powered blast of air through a clogged drain, which can be enough to clear the clog.
This odd-looking little tool is small and compact but highly helpful with certain types of clogs. The tool has an elongated bladder made of rubber on one end and a hose connector on the other. When the pro is clearing the drain, they will connect a water hose to the top of the bladder and push the rubber bladder down into the drain. As the bladder fills with water, it expands and extends down into the drain, the weight of the water helping to push through clogs and clear them.
To learn more, contact your local plumbing professionals.