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Drain Cutters: How to Pick the Right One for Your Situation

We write a lot about drain cleaning on this blog. We’ve covered drain snaking and hydro jetting in depth, along with a variety of less well-known solutions. There’s still one tool set that we haven’t covered in detail, though: drain cutters. Drain cutters have their own set of problems that they are designed to fix, but there isn’t just one single drain cutter for every job. You need to make sure that you select the right drain cutter for the job. Read on to find out a bit more about each drain cutter type, and which situation each is suited for.

Gimlets and Arrowheads

Some of the drain cutter options in the rest of this article are big and over the top in terms of appearances. By contrast, gimlets and arrowheads are the more workhorse variety. A gimlet looks a bit like a whisk or a corkscrew, and is a good choice for cleaning out smaller pipes. It can bore through many different kinds of blockage, and can flex to travel through branch lines. Arrowheads are just a solid metal bit on the end of the cord. They serve a lot of the same needs that gimlets do, but are a bit more flexible.

Cone Springs

Cone springs are not really for removing blockages, so much as fishing stuck objects out of the pipe. The cord turns the spring until it snares whatever it is that is stuck in the pipe, at which point the bit can just be removed from the pipe to get the item.

Heavier Drain Cutters

The really heavy duty drain cutter types are typically reserved for cutting tree roots. If you need to get a bunch of roots out of a drain pipe, there are a couple of different ways that you can go about it. Spear head cutters are good for smaller pipes, or for less-advanced tree root growth. For bigger tree root problems, you should go with a U-cutter or a saw blade.

Of course, all of these different options have their exceptions. What matters is that you take an analytical view of each individual problem and situation. Using the wrong cutter could mean just needing to spend a bit longer on the issue, or it could mean that you can’t actually solve the problem. It could also mean that you might have to go back later on, much sooner than you otherwise would, to treat the same issue again. It all comes down to a matter of degrees. If you’re not sure whether or not you have the right drain cutter for your needs, consult with a professional. They’ll be able to advise you on what the ideal drain cutter solution would be.

Magnolia Commercial Plumbing Heating Cooling offers drain cleaning services of all kinds in Lanham, MD. If you need drain cleaning services for your commercial property, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll make sure that no matter what is wrong with your drain, you’ll have the right solution to handle it. 

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