What Is Hydro Jetting and Do I Need It?

Everything to know about hydro jetting

What is hydro jetting? Hydro jetting is the way of cleaning clogged sewage lines and slow-moving drains. The method is often used by skilled plumbers, employing a jetting machine that discharges water at high pressure to remove stubborn blockages.

To ensure the jetting process works effectively, professional plumbers snake the line and do a video inspection to locate the source of the blockage. This allows the plumber to assess the state of the pipe and the degree of hydro jetting needed. Nevertheless, hydro jetting doesn’t assist with cracked pipes, and it will weaken parts of the pipe prone to breakage. Thus, a camera video examination is essential before kicking off any process.

Why do you require hydro jetting

Blockages that will not clear through normal line snaking, troublesome clogs, slow draining, and overflowing drains are ideal candidates for hydro jetting.

Whether it is a massive root intrusion, a significant level of accumulation, heavy grease, hair, sludge, or silt buildup in your commercial business or home, hydro jetting can eliminate these obstacles and enable your drains to flow appropriately. Snaking perforates blockages, breaking them apart, but it does not reach the walls of the pipe to remove stubborn debris. Nevertheless, snaking is the common method for homes with weak pipes or older homes because it is less intense and does not apply pressure to your pipes as opposed to hydro jetting. 

How does hydro jetting work?

Depending on where the clog is, the equipment and process used varies. Plumbers feed special nozzles in the drain or pipe and apply varying pressures depending on the nature of the blockage and the size of the drain.

The hydro jetting system consists of a motor and a large water tank attached to a long hosepipe with several interchangeable nozzles. The system forces water at high pressure through the pipes and may demolish or breaks down blockages in and on the walls of the pipes. The process involves lowering the hosepipe into the drain opening and switching on the motor to force the pressurized water through the nozzle. The nozzles push water back and forth to push through the blockage and clear the walls of the drains.

What can hydro jetting remove?

Hydro jetting easily removes sand, silt, and hair clogs that stick to the pipe walls. It should be regularly done in eateries to avoid the accumulation of food particles and grease as this cleans better than snaking. 

Snaking removes blockages, but some dirt is often left. Additionally, hydro jetting is eco-friendly since no harmful chemicals are used. 

Hydro-jetting should be carried out by specialized plumbers and not by a DIY business owner or homeowner. The pressurized water used can break and damage pipes if you use it wrongly. A professional plumber knows how and when to use hydro jetting in ensuring appropriate cleaning of the pipes. 

Can hydro jetting be done in sewer lines and house pipes?

Hydro jetting is often applied commercially in areas like industry and restaurants; however, you can use it in the sewer lines and house water. If you have many years of hair clogs, greasy matter, or silt accumulations, jetting eliminates all debris from the drains, ensuring appropriate cleaning and preventing future problems.

When do you need hydro jetting?

Some common signs that your system requires hydro jetting:

  • Your kitchen or bathroom sink drain produces a bad odor or the system backs up 
  • Gurgling or noisy pipes
  • Slow running drains 
  • A lot of clogs, even when you are mindful of what you put in your drains 

If you doubt whether you require hydro jetting services, it is worth contacting a professional plumber to carry out a video inspection of your sewer line. 

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