Electric Eel Or The High Pressure Water Jetter
There are a lot of plumbers that still use the older Electric Eel (also known as a plumbers snake or a drain snake) method today and only few that use a High Pressure Water Jetter, but which is the better choice to clear a blocked drain this is a common question asked when a blocked drain or clogged drain becomes a problem. In this article we will compare the two based on time, cost and effectiveness.
The first Electric eels working or Drain Snake was invented in 1933, it works by a motor spinning a steel cable with a cutting head attached to the end. The cable is fed into the pipes chewing and mashing whatever it comes in contact with, however the further the head is away from the plumber the more uncontrollable it becomes.
The High Pressure Water Jetter is far newer technology it pumps water at roughly 5000 psi which is strong enough to cut tree roots. The Water Jetters consists of a motor which pushes water through the water hose and eventually out of the top which has an outlet on the front to clear the way and multiple outlets behind it facing all directions which clean the pipes and propel the Water Jetter through the pipe.
The time it takes can vary depending on depending on the depth of the blockage and how bad the blockage is. Some badly blocked drains have haunted to eight hours to clear with an electrical Eel.
The Water Jetter is much faster in terms of clearing the blockage the average time to clear a blockage is 30-45 minutes.
When an electrical Eel clears a blocked drain or clogged drain it often leaves behind tree roots and debris because it doesn't fit the pipe diameter perfectly, this can lead to waste and debris getting stuck on the uncleared roots and debris. The negative side to the electrical Eel is that when the cable spins the cutting heads they thrash around within the pipe banging and hitting the pipe walls chipping, cutting and cracking them resulting in further damage and may cause collapsed pipes. An Electric Eel will lose its effectiveness the further it travels into a pipe usually after 20 metres an Electric Eel is no longer effective.
The Water Jetter clears pipes incredibly effectively, clearing tree roots effectively from the pipe so well that you simply can not see them with a drain camera. The Water Jetter also cleans the walls of the pipe washing away old waste, debris, fats, oils and anything that has built abreast of the pipe walls. The Water Jetter can travel up to 60 metres (180 feet) and maintains its effectiveness right to the top which is long enough to clear the bulk of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
The costs involved to get a pipe cleared with an Electric Eel are usually higher because it can take a fair amount of time to clear a blocked drain depending on the depth of the blockage and how bad the blockage is. More time equals more money.
The cost involved to urge a pipe cleared with a Water Jetter will always be cheaper than an electrical Eel due to the time involved. The Water Jetter clears blocked drains much quicker than an electrical Eel so you will not be paying hours and hours of labour.
by vofos on 2020-07-14 05:18:32
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