What Is Hydro Jetting?

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High-pressure water jetting, also known as hydro jetting, is a method of drain cleaning that can unclog pipes and sewer lines. Hydro jetting uses a long hose that shoots pressurized water into the pipe or drain, clearing out any waste buildup that might have been restricting water flow and draining. 

This technique is especially handy for removing calcified scale, breaking up blocks of ice to prevent pipes from freezing, and breaking down oil and grease within the pipes. Blockages are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face, so becoming familiar with hydro jetting is essential for maintaining the drains and pipes in your home. 

How Does Hydro Jetting Work?

During a hydro jetting service, a plumber will use special equipment known as a jetter. Jetters are heavy-duty equipment that plumbers use to clear clogs. Anyone can buy one from a home appliance store, but they are likely less powerful than the commercial equipment a plumber uses. 

The components of a jetter include a tank of water, a nozzle, and a pressurizing device to pressurize the water in the nozzle so it is ready to unload when released. There are different nozzles to use, depending on the size of the drain or the severity of the clog. For example, a chisel-type nozzle can be useful for cutting through tougher blockages like tree roots or ice buildup.

Before the hydro jetting process actually takes place, the plumber should perform a video inspection inside your sewer line by snaking a tiny video camera down it for a better perspective on where the clogs are and what they’re made of.

Some pipelines, specifically older ones, may not be able to withstand the pressure from a hydro jet. To ensure that your drains and pipes are cleaned in the best possible way, our skilled plumbers will perform a comprehensive inspection and suggest the most suitable approach based on their findings.

4 Benefits of Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting your pipes offers several benefits for cleaning and maintaining plumbing systems. If you’re deciding whether or not hydro jetting is worth it, here are some of the advantages:

1. Thorough Cleaning

The powerful water jets used during hydro jetting provide a thorough cleaning of the entire pipe’s interior surfaces. This helps eliminate built-up residues, preventing future clogs and maintaining optimal flow.

Hydro jet pipe cleaning services aren’t only needed when you experience a clog; they can also be used as preventative maintenance before a major plumbing emergency arises.

2. Environmentally Friendly

This form of pipe and drain cleaning is an environmentally friendly option. It doesn’t involve the use of toxic chemicals, reducing the environmental impact compared to some alternative methods.

Drain and pipe cleaners often contain potassium hydroxide to transform grease into soft soap and thioglycolic acid to dissolve hair. Other common ingredients include sodium hydroxide, lye, or sulfuric acid, which are harmful to the environment.

3. Quick and Efficient

Hydro jetting is often a faster and more efficient method of clearing blockages compared to traditional methods like snaking. This can reduce downtime and inconvenience associated with plumbing issues. Because of the quicker and easier process, hydro jetting costs less than alternative methods.

4. Versatile Pipe Cleaning

Hydro jetting is versatile and can be used in various types and sizes of pipes, from residential drains to large municipal sewer lines. It can address blockages in both horizontal and vertical pipes. Because of its versatility, hydro jetting services can be performed on just about any pipe.

When to Consider Hydro Jetting 

As mentioned above, hydro jetting can be a preventative service or can be used to unclog a blockage that has already happened. Here are some situations and signs that may indicate it’s time to consider hydro jetting services:

Recurring Clogs

If you’re experiencing persistent or recurring clogs in your drains or sewer lines, it may be an indication that there is a buildup of debris, grease, or other materials that traditional methods haven’t fully addressed in the past. Hydro jetting can effectively clear out stubborn blockages from your pipes.

Slow Drainage

If water is draining slowly in sinks, tubs, or showers, it could be a sign of partial blockages within the pipes. Hydro jetting can remove accumulated debris and restore proper drainage.

Foul Odors

Unpleasant smells coming from your drains can be a sign of stagnant water, organic matter, or other debris accumulating in the pipes. Hydro jetting not only clears blockages but also helps eliminate odors.

Multiple Clogged Fixtures

If more than one fixture in your home is experiencing drainage issues simultaneously, it is often a sign of a blockage in the main sewer line. Hydro jetting is effective for cleaning larger pipes and resolving issues in the main line.

Blake Brothers offers various plumbing services, from drain cleaning to plumbing maintenance. All our technicians are well-trained and skilled individuals who are well-versed in cleaning various types of piping. Contact us today to schedule our popular hydro jetting services.