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Roto-Rooter vs. Pipe Snakes: What’s the Difference?

A lot of people searching for plumbing services that involve a pipe snake will try to generically search for the term “Roto-Rooter,” not realizing that this is a brand and not a specific service that’s performed. However, it’s important to understand all of the options so that when you have plumbing issues, you know who to call. 


Roto-Rooter is a chain of plumbing franchises, partly consisting of branches and independent contractors, with franchise operations serving more than 90% of the population of North America. The company was founded in 1935 after the founder created a sewer cleaning tool from a Maytag washing machine motor, a cable, and roller skate wheels. 

This tool revolutionized the industry and set the pace for the development and growth of the Roto-Rooter brand, which has more than 500 locations today. However, Roto-Rooter is not the only option for professional plumbing services

Other Plumbing Services 

Pipe snaking is the generic term for the service performed by Roto-Rooter professionals, as well as other plumbers who are attempting to open drains that are clogged. Pipe snakes come in all sizes and styles, from small handheld snakes for simple clogs to serious power-operated snakes that can clear major clogs and drain backups. 

You can usually find reputable local plumbing services for the same cost as name-brand chains and franchise services. Sometimes, they’ll be even cheaper. And more importantly, when you choose a local service, you can trust that you’re getting someone dependable that cares about your business, and not just someone who’s coming to do a job and get paid. 

Then, there’s the consideration that you might need plumbing services beyond pipe snaking or drain clearing, and whether those will be best served by a big chain brand or someone locally based. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but it’s worth investigating all the options to get the best plumbing solutions for your home.

Final Thoughts 

It’s not that all chain or branded companies are bad. It’s just that they often have limited services and/or service areas, higher prices, and less personal service than your local service providers. There also might not be a franchise in your area. Or you might need a service they don’t offer. Whatever the case may be, know that Roto-Rooter isn’t your only choice for plumbing and drain snake needs. If you need help with your plumbing, contact Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing today.

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