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What's the Difference Between Drain Clearing and Drain Cleaning?

It may seem like industry terms frequently change, so much so that you aren’t sure of the services you are ordering. When your plumbing system needs attention, you want to be prepared with the knowledge and understanding of the services and products provided by plumbing experts, so you can speak with confidence when scheduling services for your home. A perfect example of this confusion is the difference between drain cleaning and clearing. It may seem like a subtle or semantic difference, but in the plumbing industry, when scheduling a drain-clearing and drain cleaning are not the same.

Not All Plumbing Services are the Same

Before making the call to your plumbing professional, inspect your plumbing problem and assess the issues you’re facing with your system. Are you battling clogs? Are you seeking seasonal maintenance? Based on your answers to those questions, you will have a better chance of getting the services you need to resolve your plumbing request. Depending on your provider, drain clearing can be a service that simply removes blockages within your plumbing system, but some providers combine services to include drain cleaning. Once you have a clog removed, your plumber can come back in and clean the cleared drain and remove any residual debris. This is typically done to ensure remaining materials aren’t left behind to reform a new clog. Don’t allow term confusion to get in the way of your receiving the right services for your plumbing system.

So, how do you know when to call a plumbing professional for your drain line problems? Here are a few signs your system is in distress.

  • Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure across plumbing fixtures in your home can be an indication of a blockage between your plumbing system and the mainline. Usually, when there is a blockage, water pressured is lowered across fixtures in your home, from the sinks to the showers.
  • Multiple Backups: When there are deep clogs in your system, you can experience backups across your fixtures. If you notice a backup in the shower and then one in a sink in another area, it can be a sign of a deep clog in your system.

The Importance of Knowing What Service You Need

At Wallner Plumbing, we combine these two services to give you the best bang for your buck. We offer drain cleaning services, which are a combination of cleaning and clearing. In our professional opinion, drain cleaning is a total program of services that include clearing your lines of obstructions and blockages between the main and your household system. Think about it, can you clean something that isn’t cleared? Of course not! So, we used all the tools in our arsenal to eliminate blockages and flush out your system using high-pressure trailer-mounted hydro jetting machinery.

It’s important to know the products and services you need before scheduling professional services. You never want to pay before understanding what your home needs. You could end up buying services you don’t need without solving the problems in your drain line or other parts of your plumbing system. As plumbing professionals, we have the tools and skills to ensure we’re ready for any problem that can arise while completing your job, including camera diagnostic tools.

Call us today at (530) 223-5622 to schedule a consultation to request more information