What is Hydro Jetting and Do I Need It?
Hydro Jetting is a method used by plumbing companies to clean clogged or slow sewage lines. It’s a blast of high pressured (up to 5,000 PSI) water sent into the lines to remove blockages and build up. Our Rapid Response Team recommends that a video inspection is performed first to determine and locate the cause of the blockage. In this article, we’re going to provide a detailed look into what hydro jetting is, how it differs from other plumbing services, and what it does to help your home plumbing system run more effectively.
Some of the materials that Hydro Jetting help clean are:
- Mineral Scale
- Tree Roots
- Hardened Scale
How It Works:
We take our camera to inspect where the block is. Once we determine where it’s at, we feed a small nozzle into the drain or pipe, it’s usually self-propelled through the pipe because of the pressure. There is a variety of nozzle tips depending on the application, drain size, or type of material that’s clogging your pipes. When the nozzle encounters the clog, whether it’s a thick piece of food, grease, or any type of fabric, the high-pressure jets streams give out such a strong tear on the material that it starts to dissolve the material.
Can’t I Just Snake My Drain?
Of course, you can snake your line, but if you have any of the materials that we mentioned above, just snaking your drain may not work. Hydro Jetting has more than enough power to break up difficult clogs and remove materials from the interior pipe walls. Snaking it will just puncture the clog and can also break it apart, but it won’t get rid of the problem. Hydro Jetting will get rid of the problems and help prevent future clogs.
Hydro Jetting Steps:
- One of our licensed Rapid Response Team members will locate the system cleanout, which gives us easy access point to the piping throughout your home.
- We’ll use a camera to inspect the pipes and locate the problem before we Hydro Jet. We’ll be looking for cracked or crumbling pipes because the Hydro Jet can potentially cause damage if the pipes are weak.
- One of our Rapid Response Team members will then insert the jetting hose downstream into the plumbing lines. The durable hose attaches to a water tank that pressurizes the water.
- We’ll then adjust the water pressure to the correct level for the pipe conditions, this process typically involves water pressure up to 5,000 psi.
- Once the high-pressured water begins, the tool moves upstream through the plumbing lines as it scrubs the interior pipe walls
- Finally, the tool will remove built-up debris from the inside of the pipe walls. Gravity pulls the debris down through the home plumbing system and safely flushes it out of the home.
Does Hydro Jetting Work on Heavy Grease and Tree Roots?
The Hydro Jetting process a lot of times is used to clear out tree roots or heavy grease in pipes. Make sure that when you hiring anyone working on your home for any plumbing needs is a licensed company. It’s extremely important to use a camera to pinpoint the root of the issue (pun intended) This inspection lets us properly inspect the damage to the pipe. The same way any professional prepares for their job to prevent any surprises is the same way we like to prepare for the service we will be providing. We do have to make sure that the pipe we are going to hydro jet is not significantly damaged or that the waterproof coating is worn out. Hydro Jetting is often a safe and efficient way to break up and remove root penetrations.
Our Superior Recommendation
If you have a clogged drain and you don’t know how to unclog it, make sure to schedule an appointment with one of our Rapid Response Team members. Make sure to not risk damaging your whole plumbing system by cleaning it incorrectly, trust our trained Rapid Response Team to make sure it gets done correctly. We take the proper steps to ensure that the job is done the right way the first time.
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