What is Hydro Jetting? Hydro jetting uses high-pressure water (up to 4000 PSI) to break down and remove grease, sludge, and even tree roots from sewer pipes. This method is used because pressurized water can remove almost any obstacle. Think of hydro jetting as a pressure washer for the inside of your pipes, only more powerful. The hydro jetting system consists of a hose, nozzle, and a machine that produces water pressure. With this method, no chemicals are used, just highly pressurized water.
When considering the use of hydro jetting, your sewer repair company will do video surveillance to make sure your pipes are in good condition. We do this to help ensure no damage is done as high-pressure water may damage or even break old, fragile pipes. Liberty Drain Co also leverages our video camera inspection to ensure your drain pipe hasn’t collapsed instead of being clogged. If it is, the pipe may need to be replaced as hydro jetting won’t fix the issue.
Your Liberty Drain Co technician will access the pipe through what is known as a “cleanout”. This is a pipe section with a cover or cap which provides easy access to your drainage system. The nozzle and hose are fed into the pipe through this opening, and every time the nozzle hits an obstacle, the jet system releases pressurized water until it disintegrates and drifts away.
A skilled hydro jetting contractor knows the exact water pressure needed to break through and remove obstacles without damaging the pipes. That’s why hydro jetting is not a do-it-yourself project. Only experienced plumbers should use this on your pipes.
Hydro Jetting Pros
- It Can Unclog the Toughest Stoppages
- There are very few clogs that cannot be removed via hydro jetting. It pushes through the most stubborn of blockages and washes them away.
- It Does More Than Snaking
- There is nothing wrong with using a plumbing snake in a clogged drain. This is a proven way to break down clogs. However, plumbing snakes can only drill holes in stoppages enough to allow the waste to flow again. They cannot remove clogs the way hydro jetting can. Hydro jetting removes everything, making your pipes as clear as possible.
- No Digging Required
- Hydro jetting is a non-invasive procedure. No digging is required to reach the clogged pipe. Your plumbing’s “cleanout” provides easy access.
- No Chemicals Are Used
- Hydro Jetting only needs pressurized water to do it’s job, no chemicals are needed or used.
- Environmentally Safe
- Because only pressurized water is used, this method is a green technology which doesn’t harm the environment.
- It Can Remove Small Tree Roots
- Tree roots are one of the main causes of damaged sewer pipes. They penetrate inside the pipe and if they are not removed at a young age, they will continue to grow and eventually destroy the pipe. Hydro jetting easily breaks the small roots of trees before they cause serious damage.
Hydro Jetting Cons
- When it comes to breaking and removing obstacles, no one can beat hydro jetting. However, there are some drawbacks to consider.
- Hydro Jetting May Damage Older/Fragile Pipes
- Unfortunately, sewer pipes don’t last forever and the older they get, the more prone they are to cracking and breaking. This means pipes of a certain age and condition should not be sprayed as water at 4000 PSI can seriously damage them. In this case, you may have a bigger problem. The only way to tell if a pipe should not be hydro jetted is to do a video inspection beforehand.
- Hydro Jetting is NOT a Do-It-Yourself Solution
- Unfortunately, this is a plumbing job you should not do yourself. Only experienced plumbing hydro jet specialists have the necessary equipment and training for hydro jetting pipes without damaging them. All professional sewer repair companies perform video inspections prior to using hydro jetting. They do this for several reasons. First, you need to make sure that the pipe is intact and does not collapse. Second, they need to ensure that the pipes are in good condition and strong enough to handle high-pressure water. Never hire a plumber who doesn’t do a video inspection prior to hydro jetting. Not doing so may result in a MUCH more costly repair.
When Should You Consider Hydro Jetting?
The plunger is usually the first thing to reach for when you have a clogged drain. If that doesn’t work, give snaking the drain a try. This is usually very effective at removing accidental obstructions caused by things like food and toilet paper. If that doesn’t work, call a plumbing professional and get them out to do a video inspection, and then hydro jet the pipe. Hydro jetting works especially well for stubborn clogs that don’t respond to other methods.
If you find you have a stubborn clog, be sure to call Liberty Drain Co, the Hydro Jetting experts in the Port Charlotte, FL area.