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Snaking is more commonly performed to eliminate large objects accidentally introduced into a sewer system, non-biodegradable napkins, grease, oil or soap residue that collects on the pipe sidewalls, and roots. A drawback to this method is the damage that may occur in Plastic pipe, Orangeburg pipe and Deteriorated pipe regardless of composition. Snaking to eliminate roots is primarily a temporary solution and requires ongoing maintenance that may be frequent depending on how aggressive the vegetation is.
Most devices consist of a coiled metal wire with space between the coils at the end. The other end is attached to a device with a crank that rotates the wire as it moves down into the pipe. The auger end of the wire digs itself into the clog much like a corkscrew, allowing retrieval of the object causing the clog when the snake is pulled out. (Commonly hair, combs, small toys, cloth.) The end of the snake breaks up the object, allowing it to pass through the drain. (Commonly tree roots, foam insulation, plastic objects.) The snake flails around the inside surface of the pipe, scraping off accumulated matter (ranging from mineral deposits to bacon fat) which was reducing the effective interior diameter of the drain pipe.
Methods to Eliminate Defects in Sewers
Pipe Bursting: Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) lining:
Open Cut Construction Spot Repairs High Pressure Jetting Snaking