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Everything You Need to Know About Hydro Jetting

Everything You Need to Know About Hydro Jetting

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Unless your house doesn’t have any pipes to speak of, the chances are that you’ve had to deal with clogs and slow draining before. In addition to causing sewer backups, slow drainage and clogged sewage lines can also contaminate your household’s water supply.

Naturally, if this issue becomes more and more prevalent, you’ll want to look into some smart, affordable pipe-cleaning solutions. Fortunately, there are several to choose from, but today we’re just going to be looking at one: hydro jetting.

What is hydro jetting? How does it work? What are the benefits and downsides? We’ll answer all that and more in the article ahead.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Plumbers often tout hydro jetting as a completely non-invasive pipe cleaning solution. True to its name, the process involves using highly pressurized water jetting (via a hydro jet) to clear pipes and pipe walls of blockages, debris, clogs, and buildup from the plumbing system itself.

In the past, the only means of clearing pipes was through rodding, which is an incredibly demanding bit of labor. This is part of why hydro jetting is so popular today – installing a hydro jet system requires far less effort in the long run than rodding the pipes every month or so.

Of course, not every household needs a hydro jetting system. You’ll need to speak to your plumber and ask them to assess your plumbing system to determine whether or not hydro jetting is necessary.

How Hydro Jetting Works

Once the inspection is over and your household has been deemed fit for a hydro jetting solution, all that’s required is for your plumber to find a good spot to dig a hole and insert a hose, then switch on the hydro jetting machine to begin pumping.

Due to the high durability of the pipe, it’s capable of jetting around 20 gallons of water per minute (or 5000 psi). Additionally, the highly pressurized water is strong enough to force anything clogging your pipes into the sewer system, regardless of whether or not the pipes have grease or mineral buildup.

Of course, there are other, less effective solutions. Plungers are a household staple. However, they tend to create even more problems further down the line by forcing waste deeper into the pipes and creating future clogs. That’s why we recommend that – at the very least – you give your plumber a call to determine your house’s eligibility for a hydro jetting system.

Do You Need Hydro Jetting?

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Hydro jetting systems can be quite costly, and not every household truly needs one. Plumbers can determine whether your house would be better served with a hydro jetting system or a good old-fashioned service.

However, plumbers often recommend hydro jetting to households that experience frequent and severe clogs. Pipe walls are incredibly susceptible to grease and mineral buildup, which can contaminate your household’s water supply when enough has been accumulated.

A good indicator that your house may need the hydro jetting treatment is a smelly kitchen sink that always seems clogged up. Give your plumber or landlord a call and ask for an inspection.

What Are The Risks?

As mentioned, not every household needs hydro jetting. In fact, in some cases, hydro jetting is the last thing a plumbing system needs.

Firstly, hydro jetting is an incredibly difficult process, so hiring an amateur plumber won’t cut it. The process involves a flow of incredibly high-pressure water, which can cause further damage if performed frivolously.

There are a few cases in which hydro jetting should not be considered. One such case is pipe damage caused by tree roots. Hydro jetting work would only cause further damage and will fail if the pipe’s waterproof coating has been compromised by these tree roots.

Before diving straight into the world of hydro jetting, ensure you work with an experienced plumber or hydro jetting service. Having them perform a video inspection is essential and will allow you to make the best choice for the future of your plumbing system, especially as the cost of hydro jetting can be quite high.

Final Thoughts

Clogged drains and mineral buildup in your pipes can be a huge pain to deal with. Debris, grease, buildup, and other harsh chemicals can negatively affect your plumbing system forever and should thus be dealt with properly. Of course, this is much easier said than done.

As mentioned, you should contact a plumber with a ton of experience who will be able to determine the best solution for your plumbing woes. Hydro jetting may not always be the way to go.

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