04 Oct What is hydro jetting?
If you find that your water or sewer drains have slowed down and aren’t draining thoroughly, they’re probably clogged. Having clogged drains can create more than just a nuisance. They can also contaminate your home’s water source, potentially making you and your family sick. One of the best and most efficient ways to clear clogged pipes and drains is through a process called hydro jetting.
What Is Hydro Jetting?
Instead of having to replace clogged pipes, plumbers use a method of clearing gunk from the pipes using a high-pressure water hose with a specialized front tip. This process is called hydro jetting. The combination of using high-pressure water pushed through a hose along with a steel tip effectively removes scale buildup, root intrusion, or grease and sludge from the pipes so they can drain properly.
Historically, plumbers used to remove build-up with a metal device called a plumbing snake. This laborious task took a lot of hard work and time and wasn’t effective at removing some substances such as scale or grease. Today, many plumbers and water restoration companies use hydro jetting to replace the less effective plumbing snake.
How Does Hydro Jetting Work?
Generally, the plumber will perform a video inspection of the pipes before starting the hydro jetting process. They’re looking for what type of obstacles may be creating the blockage as well as making sure the pipes and drains aren’t weak or broken.
After inspection, the plumber will locate the home’s cleanout point and will insert the high-pressure hose. The hose is attached to a specialized water tank and the plumber adjusts the water pressure to about 5,000 psi. Once the water is turned on, the plumber will move the hose with the attached cleaning tip through the pipes.
As the water pushes through the hose and the tool goes through the pipes, the scale gets scoured off and the system clears out silt, sludge, and grease. Hydro jetting also removes hair and can dislodge tree roots that have accumulated in the piping and drain system. All of the removed debris, obstacles, and water get safely flushed into the sewer system, leaving the home’s pipes clear for drainage.
When Should I Use Hydro Jetting?
As soon as you notice sinks, showers, and toilets beginning to drain slowly, call a plumbing service to have the pipes hydro jetted. The sooner the pipes get cleared, the less chance they have of increasing the serious buildup of the debris that caused them to drain slowly in the first place.
Keep in mind that some substances, like tree roots, can cause the pipes to break which can be costly to repair. If your home’s pipes and drains tend to clog on a regular basis, consider having them hydro jetted once a year for preventative maintenance.
Since 1954, PROS Services has provided environmental, industrial, and emergency response services to customers throughout the Roseville, Michigan, area. If you need any of our services, including hydro jetting, feel free to contact our professional team at PROS Services today.