RIDGID FlexShaft In The Fight Against Blockages

8 February, 2024

Drain issues are considered to be one of the biggest nightmares of homeowners and people operating in the commercial field. Blocked drains can cause serious property damage; in the long term, they can also lead to increased humidity, mould and health problems for people and pets. The first sign of a faulty drain is an unusual smell, a sewage-like scent usually followed by overflowing, gurgling sounds and slow draining. At this point, it is clear that you need to act. Fast.


Home remedies: yea or nay?

We are humans, so naturally, our first instinct would be to search on the internet for a solution that would get the job done quickly, without asking for professional support from a plumber. Baking soda and vinegar, detergent and hot water or the classic plunger, who hasn’t tried these solutions at least once in their lifetime?

But, next to these natural solutions, store-bought chemicals may also be suggested on the internet. It is not recommended at all to use these harsh chemicals in the fight against drain blockages. They can be extremely damaging to the building’s piping system, and they also proved to be a health and environmental hazard.


Ask for professional help.

To effectively remove a blockage, you must first find its exact location. Therefore, don’t wait for too long before you call a professional plumber for help. The right tools and equipment will do the diagnosis in no time, with minimal hassle and effort. The RIDGID SeeSnake cameras and monitors, together with their multiple advanced sensors (TiltSense, HDR and Digital Self-Level) will provide precise and detailed ​in-pipe data and will give guidance for the further drain cleaning process.


RIDGID FlexShaft Drain Cleaning Machines – the fast and safe solution. 

Once the blockage has been identified, it’s time for the RIDGID FlexShaft drain cleaning machines to do their part. They quickly and efficiently deliver wall-to-wall clean in 1 ¼-inch to 4-inch (32 mm to 100 mm) residential and commercial pipes up to 70 feet (21.3 m). Designed with efficiency and cleanliness in mind, all FlexShaft machines allow the inspection cameras to remain in-pipe throughout the entire drain cleaning process for maximum efficiency.


RIDGID K9-12 is the most compact version of the FlexShaft Drain Cleaning Machines. It is mostly suitable for light residential blockages like soft build-ups and grease in sinks, tubs and showers.

Blount Plumbing and Drainage Solutions, a company based in West Sussex, the United Kingdom, has recently added the K9-12 FlexShaft machine to their working van.

“We get along with it very well. It’s essential to our work.” This is what the drain specialists from Blount Plumbing and Drainage Solutions said right after removing 2 plastic fresheners from a toilet with the help of the RIDGID K9-12.


The RIDGID K9-102 FlexShaft Machine is suitable for light-professional use, successfully cleaning build-ups, grease & light roots.

Kristijan Cacic, @insta_llateur as you’ll find him on Instagram, a drain specialist in Berlin, Germany, has recently cleared a kitchen sink with the help of the FlexShaft K9-102 Machine, a RIDGID SeeSnake Camera and a CS6X VERSA monitor.

“RIDGID has really hit the spot with the FlexShaft machines. Cleaner drains are definitely a thing now.” says Kristijan in this video.


The K9-204 FlexShaft machine is specialized in larger lines, commonly found on commercial jobs. It removes built-ups, grease and roots found in drains and laterals.


“The K9-204 FlexShaft machine is very effective. In this video I use it to clear kitchen drains in a multi-family building. The result was WOW.” says Damian Kwiatkowski, owner of @wukowarszawa, a company in Poland that is specialized in drain inspection and drain cleaning.


Purpose-built for the professional, the RIDGID FlexShaft K9-306 drain cleaning machine quickly clears grease buildup, roots and heavy-scale in house drains and laterals to main lines.

“The RIDGID FlexShaft K9-306 has incredible power, which was tested on various jobs. Although it is big, it’s very easy to move around, and it is well-balanced which makes it easy to get around obstacles in a typical garden.” says Ross Charters, surveyor and drain specialist in the UK.


Tips and tricks to avoid clogged drains.

  • - Avoid tossing toiletries down the drain. Nappies, wet wipes, or personal hygiene products don’t belong in the toilet.
  • - Clean your drains regularly. A weekly removal of any debris and a rinse of the drains will prevent any blockages from appearing.
  • - Never pour oil or grease down the drain. Grease may look inoffensive, but it will stick to the interior of the drain and eventually create a blockage.
  • - Keep food scraps and coffee grounds out of the drain.
  • - Use shower stoppers to prevent hair from going down the drain.