What is Hydro Jetting?

What is Hydro Jetting?

If you’re having trouble keeping your drains clean and clear, if they drain slowly or, worse, backflow, you might want to consider hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is used when clogs can’t be removed by snaking or augers. One instance of this is when your line has been clogged by the roots of nearby trees or shrubs.Hydro jetting is a technique that’s used on your main drain line or your sewer line, because the pressure of the water is intense and can be up to 15,000 psi. However, most sewer lines can be cleaned out with a pressure that’s far lower. For residences, plumbers might use pressure between 1,500 to 4,000 psi. With water pressure that high, any clog in the drain line is bound to be blasted out. On top of this, some of the hydro jetting systems have rotary blades to scrape whatever debris is left on the inside of the pipes. Hydro jetting systems also have reverse jet technology that propel the jet down the drain to make sure that all debris is blasted away. You’ll also need to get your lines hydro jetted before you install pipe lining, because the inside of the pipe must be absolutely clean before any pipe lining can be installed.

The hydro jetting is done with a machine that’s made of a large water tank, a special hose and nozzle that can stand the pressure of the water jet and a pressurizer. The hydro jet is usually placed in the sewer line’s clean out plug.

The biggest benefit of hydro jetting is that it can save the pipe from having to be dug up and replaced. Since it uses nothing but water, it’s also environmentally friendly.

As you can see, hydro jetting is a job for a professional. Water that’s used at pressures that high can be dangerous for a lay person to handle. When you hire a plumbing contractor to perform hydro jetting, you need to make sure the technicians are experienced in the procedure. The contractor also needs to be licensed and insured.

Need to hydro jet your pipes and drains? Looking for a reliable plumbing company serving the Columbia area? Call us today by dialing (803) 513-5749.