The Advantages of Hydro-Jetting
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Sewer, Pipe Cleaning
Hydro-jetting is a method of cleaning with high-pressure streams of water to remove the build up and debris in drains and sewer lines. This process is best described as a more powerful form of power washing.
If you have recently learned that you have a clogged pipe in your home, you may have also been told that hydro-jetting is a type of service that can remedy the situation.
Hydro-jetting isn’t the only method available to clean out dirty and clogged pipes but it is definitely one of the least invasive. A master plumber such as JMS Express Plumbing will be able to advise you on the best technique to remedy your situation.
What Are the Benefits of Hydro-jetting?
It’s a fast and proven service. It is non invasive. It can be completed in minimal time, which saves the homeowner money. It can also be used as a preventive maintenance service as well and as a repair service as needed.
Restaurants are a prime example of commercial businesses that regularly use hydro-jetting as a preventive measure. Grease and waste are major contributors to clogged pipes. A regular hydro-jetting program can prevent costly problems for commercial properties.
How Do They Do It?
Hydro jetting consists of a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle connected to a machine that pressurizes the water, producing a powerful stream that clears the drain. Hydro jetting is usually done through a cleanout, which is an opening that allows plumbers to clean out clogs. The water is forced down the drain, where it pushes grease, mineral build-up, hair and other debris through the drain.
With a powerful enough hydro jet, tree roots can also be broken up. However, before using a hydro jet, a plumber typically inspects the drain with a small camera to determine if the pipe is damaged.
A plumbing snake is ideal for minor clogs or when an item such as a toy gets stuck in the drain. If your plunger doesn’t remove the material, a snake is usually enough to remove most clogs. Snakes can also alert you to more serious problems. For example, if it can’t break through the material, you may have a tree root in the line, and not a buildup of hair.
A hydro jet, on the other hand, doesn’t just break up clogs; it clears your plumbing lines of material that builds up on pipe walls, such as minerals and grease. Snaking doesn’t thoroughly clean your pipes, so it is a temporary solution to many types of clogs.
While hydro jetting can clear almost any clog, it’s not an option for the do-it-yourselfer. If your pipes are damaged or weak, a hydro jet may cause more damage, so it is a process that should be done by a professional plumber to avoid damaging your plumbing.