hydrojetting

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HYDROJETTING

If you are having to call the plumber on recurring clogs in your home's plumbing system, it may be time to call a reputable plumber to the scene. In many cases, clogged drains and problems with water pressure indicate more serious problems with your plumbing pipes. An expert plumber should know the best course of action to take, and when to implement hydrojetting as a solution.

What is hydrojetting?

The hydro jetting system consists of a hose, nozzle, and a machine that creates highly pressurized water (up to 4000 PSI) to break up and remove grease, sludge, and even tree roots from sewer drainage pipes. Water this pressurized can clear away just about any obstruction. Think of hydro jetting as pressure washing for the inside of your pipes, only more powerful. As opposed to rodding, where a plumber uses a tool to power a hole through the buildup, hydrojetting achieves a comprehensive cleaning of the pipes.

how it works

Accessing a cleanout, an area of the plumbing system that allows a specialist to easily gain access to the pipes, the plumber inserts a hose that's connected to a tank of water. The hose can withstand the high-pressured water that's sent into the pipes, and a specialized machine pressurized water from the tank.

The plumber should have the expertise to deliver the right water pressure for the problem at hand, which varies depending on the condition of the pipes. In general, a plumber may pressurize the water up to a 5,000 psi, or more, and deliver as many as 20 gallons of water per minute.

The process of removing buildup involves working with gravity. The majority of home plumbing systems use gravity to pull wastewater out of the home and into the local sewer system. The hydrojetting tool works from the bottom up. Inserted into the downstream portion of the system, it moves upstream, working its way up through the system. As the water scours the pipes, the debris that's dislodged then moves down, with gravity, safely flushing the debris out of the system.

Getting the job done

The process of hydrojetting works to resolve a number of common plumbing problems. It successfully removes debris that accumulates in the home's plumbing pipes due to hair, soap residue, grease and more. In addition, it resolves tree root infiltration and mineral and scale buildup in the sewer drains.

Precautions

In most cases, hydrojetting is a safe way to remove blockages that cause clogging. However, it is possible to cause further problems if a novice plumber employs hydrojetting in the sewer lines when tree-root penetration is significant.

Always work with a plumber who will visually inspect the indoor plumbing system and the sewer lines using video camera equipment to assess the root of the problem before implementing any solution. If tree root infiltration has led to pipe damage or compromised the pipe's waterproof coating, hydrojetting will not solve the problem, and can even lead to more problems, such as causing infiltration of rocks and soil through perforated septic lines.

The plumber should also use video inspection after cleaning out plumbing pipes to assess the effectiveness of the hydrojetting, and the general condition of the pipes.

If you're experiencing problems with your plumbing system, work with an experienced, knowledgeable plumbing specialist. Using diagnostic tools, hydrojetting allows plumbers to accurately and effectively clean out debris from the plumbing system and sewer lines. Contact your local plumber today to find out more about hydrojetting.

Hydro jetting pros and cons
PROS:

Hydro jetting unclogs everything

There really isn’t any obstruction that hydro jetting can’t handle. It easily pushes through and washes away the most stubborn blockages.

Hydro jetting does more than just poke holes in the sludge

There’s nothing wrong with using a plumbing snake on a clogged drain. It’s a tried and true method of breaking up obstructions. However, a plumbing snake can only poke holes in obstructions, enough to get the wastewater flowing again. They can’t clean the inside of your pipes the way hydro jetting can. Hydro jetting removes everything. Afterwards, your pipes are as squeaky clean as wastewater pipes can be.

Hydro-jetting is non-invasive

Hydro jetting is a non-invasive procedure. No digging is required to get at the clogged pipe. Access is easily obtained via the cleanout.

Hydro jetting is safe

Hydro jetting removes blockages and gets your wastewater pipes squeaky clean using nothing more than highly pressurized water. No chemicals necessary. No chemicals used.

Hydro jetting is environmentally friendly

Because it’s just pressurized water, hydro jetting is a green technology that doesn’t harm the environment. Hydro jetting can break up smaller tree roots

Tree roots are one of the main causes of broken sewer pipes. They make their way inside and if they aren’t removed while they’re still small, they will continue to grow and eventually destroy the pipe. Hydro jetting easily breaks up small tree roots before they have a chance to do serious damage.

CONS:

When it comes to easily breaking up and clearing away obstructions, nothing beats hydro jetting. However, there are still a few drawbacks to consider.

Hydro jetting can damage frail, older pipes

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Unfortunately, sewer pipes don’t last forever and the older they get the more susceptible they are to cracks and breaks. This means that pipes of a certain age and condition should not be hydro jetted because pressurized water at 4000 PSI could seriously damage them. If that happens, you’ll have an even bigger problem.

The only way to know if a pipe shouldn’t be hydro jetted is to do a CCTV video inspection first. Unlike snaking, hydro jetting is not a DIY project

Sorry, this is one plumbing job you can’t do yourself. Only experienced hydro jetting professionals have the equipment and training necessary to hydro jet your pipes without damaging them.

All professional sewer repair contractors will conduct a CCTV video inspection prior to hydro jetting. They do this for a couple of reasons. First, they need to make sure the pipe is clogged rather than collapsed. Second, they need to make sure the pipe is in good condition and strong enough to handle the highly pressurized water. Never hire a plumber who doesn’t perform a video inspection prior to hydro jetting.

Hydro jetting uses a lot of water

Earlier we said that hydro jetting is a green technology and that’s certainly true. It doesn’t use harsh chemicals, just water. The problem is it uses a lot of water. That means it’s probably not going to be the best solution for removing obstructions during a drought.