4 Things to Know About Power Rodding

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Power Rodding — Lisle, IL — Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc

If you are calling around about preventative maintenance for your sewer line, or if you have a clog present in your sewer line, you may hear plumbers tell you about power rodding. Power rodding is a term that the average person may not be familiar with, even though it is a technique that is regularly used by plumbers.

Learning about power rodding can give you insight into this plumbing technique so you can better understand plumbers who may be offering services to you. Here are four things you should know about power rodding.

  1. What the Benefits of Power Rodding Your Sewage Line Are

Power rodding involves the use of a metal cable that rotates, helping to loosen and break up debris. Ultimately, this helps to clear up a breakage in a sewer line and get water flowing through the lines again. However, there are other techniques, such as hydro-jetting, that can also loosen and break up clogs. This may leave you wondering what the benefits of power rodding are.

One of the biggest benefits associated with power rodding is that it works on virtually all types of clogs. Chemical drain cleaners, plumbing snakes, or hydro-jetting cannot clear all types of clogs. Power rodding is a great choice to clear clogs, particularly if you do not know what is causing the issue.

The other major benefit associated with power rodding is that it is safe for your pipes. Some types of sewer line cleaning or removal products can be damaging to your pipes and can lead to shorter sewer line lifespans. This is not the case with power rodding.

  1. How to Tell If a Sewer Line Needs Power Rodding

Many different objects can cause obstructions and blockages in your sewer lines. Things such as grease and hair can accumulate over time, narrowing the opening in your pipes. Items that get sent down the drain that should not, such as baby wipes, sanitary pads, or food debris, can cause immediate clogs. Even items such as tree and plant roots can compromise the sewer line, causing mud and clay to accumulate in the pipe.

When these blockages are present, they can prevent your sewer line from flowing properly. As you run your sink, stand in the shower, or flush a toilet, water may drain away slowly. In severe cases, water may not drain at all or may come back up. When this happens, you may try to plunge or snake the drain.

If water continues to drain slowly, continues to not drain, or a clog is recurrent, those are all common signs that a sewer line could benefit from power rodding.

  1. Why You Should Consider Power Rodding for Preventative Maintenance in the Fall or Spring

Power rodding is an effective tool for removing clogs. However, it isn’t only a reactive service once a clog is present; it can be used proactively as a form of preventative maintenance as well.

Many homeowners do not realize that their sewer line can become filled with residue and debris, even if they are mindful of what they send down their drains. During periods of heavy rain, dirt, mud, and other debris can enter your sewer line. It is also not uncommon for items such as leaves and plant growth to be present in the line. Consider a preventative annual rodding.

  1. Why a Professional Must Perform Power Rodding Service

Many homeowners are caught up in the DIY trend. While you can do some types of home maintenance yourself, a power rodding service is not something the average homeowner should undertake themselves.

One of the reasons why you should hire a professional for power rodding services is because a professional can help you determine the best approach for your plumbing based on the problems you are experiencing. Power rodding is a great choice for many plumbing clogs, but it is not always the ideal choice for every situation.

Another reason why power rodding should be left to the pros is because the professionals have specialized equipment, and they know how to safely use it. You may damage your plumbing fixtures or pipes if you improperly use power rodding equipment. A professional can safely remove debris causing clogs without causing more damage.

If you suspect you need power rodding services, either for maintenance reasons or due to a clog in your drain line, Jim Dhamer Plumbing and Sewer, Inc., can help. We offer same-day emergency services during our business hours.  Services also include diagnosing a plumbing problem and repairing it. Call us now at (630) 964-2222 to schedule an appointment.


Jim Dhamer
Plumbing and Sewer, Inc.


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