Electric Drain Machines (Electric Eels)

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Electric drain cleaning machines

With the resources and ability to offer a 24 hours a day 7 days a week plumbing service, including all public holidays – Metropolitan Plumbing is your one stop shop for all of your blocked drain issues. When you experience a blocked drain on your property – be it residential, commercial or industrial, call us anytime on 1300 367 333. We provide our customers with a same day plumbing service, and can be at your location within an hour* of your call in a blocked drain emergency across all of metropolitan Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

electric drain machines

The electric eel, also known as the Plumbers Snake or Roto-Rooter, is usually used within the first instance to clear your blocked drain. A professional should always use an electric drain cleaning machine as, if it is used incorrectly, the rotation process could cause damage or cracking to your pipes. Our Metropolitan Plumbing blocked drain professionals have one in every van, and every one of our blocked drain plumbers has the expertise and experience to use them for clearing just about any blocked drain you may have.

How does the electric drain machine work?

Electric EelsElectric eel drain machines have a cutting head attached to a flexible cable that is inserted into the blocked drain. Once in, the cutting head is fed through the drain where it slices through and shifts any and all blockages it comes up against and forces out any accumulated matter in the process.

With a variety of versatile cutting and removing heads, all exchangeable with each other, the electric drain cleaner can slice through pretty much any tree root or solid material. For extremely stubborn blockages a more heavy duty motorised version may be used, especially when large tree roots are the cause of the blocked drain. The electric eels available do have a certain reach length and if your blockage is too far in, or extremely severe, then in this case the high powered hydro-jet will more likely be used over the electric eel.

The two types of electric drain machines include;

The Marco Drain Cleaner

The Marco brand electric eel drain cleaning machine is a model manufactured in America that uses a flexible cable coiling around a drum. The Marco drain cleaner features a selection of cutting and removal heads and can be used to reach and slice through a blockage up to 23 metres along a blocked drain.

The Ridgid Drain Cleaner

Also hailing from America, the Ridgid electric drain cleaning machine works a little differently to the Marco drain cleaner. Rather than using a single long cable, the Ridgid electric eel uses combinable rods to create the length necessary to remove a blockage. It is also generally lighter and easier to manoeuvre than the Marco unit.

Will the electric drain cleaner cut tree roots?

Both brands of electric drain cleaning machines will remove more than just tree roots. With the variety of cutting and removal heads, they’re able to cut through sedimentation, hair, and pretty much any other obstruction or built-up matter that might be found in your pipe network.

However, our Metropolitan Plumbing blocked drain experts find the electric eel drain cleaner to be particularly effective at removing solid blockages, such as tree roots and hair build-ups, so the electric eel will typically be used for clearing those indoor blockages like blocked shower drains, blocked toilet drains and blocked bath drains. If you have one of these pesky blocked drains, contact us now, and we’ll have one of our blocked drains experts around to your property to clear and clean it with quality workmanship guaranteed.

We have a local plumber close to you, across all metropolitan suburbs of Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, available 24/7 who can be pulling into your driveway within the hour* of your call in a blocked drain emergency.

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