At John Baethke & Son we have our own philosophy on drain cleaning. We believe that when approaching an obstructed drain that we need to first know why it is clogged. You have to know the why so that it can be prevented in the future. We also want to address the stoppage in a way that will have the least amount of negative impact on the system. We do this by evaluating the system, “the pipes”. We have many ways to clear a drain from rodding with many different size machines and cables to even using high pressure water to open different types of obstructions. As an example if we were to use the high pressure water method and did not inspect the drain first there would be the possibility of makin the problem worse. If the pipe is already compromised, “broken”, using high pressure water jetting could actually make the problem worse. The same goes for using the rodding machines. We want to get a visual inside the sewer as soon as it is possible so that we make sure our cutters and cables wont be causing any damage.
This is why if say we determine that the cause of the obstruction is roots we will restore the pipes to their full opening but for the ongoing maintenance we might recommend “Root-X”, a product that will kill the roots and not the tree. The benefit of the Root-X is that we are not putting heavy steel cables in the pipe every year and risking causing further damage to the pipes.
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