Tools of the Trade: Professional Drain Unblocking

Drain unblocking equipment

To solve a serious drainage problem, the skills of professional drainage engineers are vital – as is the specialist unblocking equipment they use to eliminate those blockages fast.

Here is a rundown of the tools most often used:

Hand-operated Drain Snakes

Manual drain snakes are often used by professionals to clear blockages in small piping (1 to 2 inches). The tool consists of a cable coiled into a plastic drum that can feed into the drain. To clear a blockage, the drum is spun manually using a handle to create torque in the line.


Electric Drain Snakes

The electric drain snake is similar to the manual version but the drum is spun using a power tool connected to the back. Lines up to 110mm are often able to be cleared using cables of varying thickness. The tool can be handheld or stationary depending on preference or the type of job.


Water Jet Machines

Drain jetters offer a targeted, chemical-free drain clean by feeding a flexible hose through piping and jet blasting the insides. This is ideal for restoring full flow to a drainage system by removing grease and other debris from pipe walls.


Sectional Drain Cleaners

For cleaning and unblocking large drains, a sectional drain cleaning machine offers an effective solution. These machines come equipped with a line as long as 250mm and a motor capable of providing enough torque to break through the toughest of obstructions.



The classic and simplest tool is the trusty toilet plunger. Used for not just toilets but sink and bath drains as well, this is a versatile product. A longer variety is the T-handle rubber plunger, which is ideal for small drain clearances. For a heavy duty solution, the professional force pump can remove tough blockages by forcing air into the drain using a pump-action handle.


Kinetic Water Rams

Through releasing highly compressed air into a pipeline, the kinetic water ram can create enough kinetic energy to dislodge or break up a blockage. They work on a variety of systems including showers and sinks.


Drain Rods

In the case of sewage blockages, drain rods can be used to punch through or remove debris deep into a system. The rods are screwed together and the front worm screw attachment leads the way.




For an efficient drainage service, the professionals at Express Drainage Solutions have the expertise and experience to safely and competently utilise these tools to offer vital services such as drain jetting and electro-mechanical drain cleaning.

After completing a thorough CCTV drain survey to assess the nature of the blockage, our experts are able to apply the unblocking technique most suited to the job. For more information, get in touch with Express Drainage Solutions today to find out more.

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