Differences in Drain Cables
When you have a new project or job, selecting the right drain snake cables for your plumbing is crucial to your success. Even experienced plumbers and technicians need to take the time to ensure they have selected the right equipment for the task at hand. But the selection of snakes and their accessories can be overwhelming. How can you know one hundred percent that you have selected the right one? The answer is simple. By determining the type of pipes you will be working with, you can ensure that your drain snake cables are the correct ones.
The first and most common type is an inner-core snake. This is most commonly used in larger plumbing systems. Industrial areas like factories, large shopping centers, airports, train stations or anywhere there is a larger plumbing system are just as vulnerable to clogs as residential buildings and every plumber, contractor, or handyman should be familiar with the inner-core snake. Why is it called “inner-core”? As the name suggests, a smaller cable is found within the main covering that adds considerable strength and torque to the snake. This is important in large plumbing systems where clogs can get sizeable and problems can compound. With an inner-core snake, you are able to bend through the pipes easily and reach the clog with the right amount of power. Because drain snake cables function similarly to springs, when the cable reaches the clog, it will stiffen and that hardness is what allows it to force itself into the clog and unblock the drain. Some types of inner-core cables even fasten the core to the ends of the cable ensuring that the center will not come out from the cable in use, costing your client’s time and money and you a headache. Inner-core cables are the standard drain snakes for large systems but the main downside comes in flexibility. Because their inner material adds tensile strength to the cable, they may not be able to navigate very small pipes and tight twists and turns.
A no-core cable is ideal for residential buildings and homes. In contrast to the inner-core variety, no-core cables have no material in their centers, as their name suggests. This allows the cable to move with greater flexibility, however it will lack strength. Because they lack the core material, no-core cables have a tremendous advantage in weight. Using heavier cables makes for a tougher job and no-core cables can save a contractor his back and his boss time and money. These cables come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses but ultimately they all provide a similar advantage. They may not, however, have the strength necessary to break up very large or stuck clogs in drains due to their design, and additional plumbing work may be needed in situations where a tougher cable cannot be used. A double wound cable may also be needed to add more torque and get the drain free.
With the right drain snake cables, no job is too difficult. But taking the time to learn the different types and their functions is an important task that must be undertaken by any prospective contractor, plumber or weekend warrior. For pipe sizes larger than two inches in diameter, a worker can choose whether they want to use inner-core versus no-core cables. In this situation, experience and knowledge will be what he or she relies on in determining their cable choice. The added weight benefit of inner-core cables will often outweigh the disadvantages and get the clog out quickly and efficiently. At Duracable, we pride ourselves on having the knowledge and experience to make any plumbing job hassle-free.