A main sewer line needs to be cleaned out periodically in order to keep it functioning properly. Regular cleaning helps to prevent tree roots from growing into the sewer line and helps to prevent sewer backups. This routine maintenance also helps the homeowner to be more aware of the condition of the sewer line.
There are two ways that you can go about cleaning your main sewer line – hydro jetting or snaking. Many plumbing companies offer both services, so you just need to decide which method is the best choice for you. Your plumber can also offer a professional recommendation as to the best choice for your plumbing system.
To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each method and to discover the difference between hydro jetting and snaking, read on.
Hydro jetting is a method that uses high-pressured jets of water to clean blockages and debris out of plumbing lines. It is similar in concept to a power washer for your plumbing system. The hydro jet consists of a hose, a nozzle, a large tank of water, and a motor that pressurizes the water. Hydro jets use 3,000 to 8,000 PSI with a flow rate of 18 gpm. This is classified as ultra-high pressure. Hydro jets can clean out drains from 1 ½ to 18 inches in diameter and up to 700 feet long.
The high-pressured stream of water produced by a hydro jet is strong enough to remove any debris or clogs from your main sewer line, including tree roots that may have infiltrated the sewer line.
- 1. Hydro jetting achieves excellent results. The extreme pressure produced by a hydro jet is powerful enough to remove clogs from the sewer line and clean out any blockages or buildup. It can even remove tree roots that have grown into the sewer line.
- 2. Hydro jetting can handle any job. Hydro jets can be used effectively on all types of sewer lines, including residential and commercial lines.
- 1. Hydro jetting may be too powerful for older, damaged pipes. As we stated previously, a hydro jet emits a very powerful stream of water. If your pipes are old or fragile, the high-pressure stream of the hydro jet may be too forceful for weakened pipes to handle. Hydro jetting is not a project that homeowners should attempt on their own. Contact a professional plumber, and the plumber will assess your pipes and make a recommendation to you as to whether hydro jetting is the right choice for your plumbing system.
Snaking involves using an auger to clean out your pipes, which is a long steel cable with a corkscrew on the end. The auger is passed into the sewer line, and the corkscrew breaks up blockages and clogs in the line, clearing a pathway for the pipes to drain properly.
- 1. Snaking has been used effectively for many years, and has proven to be a reliable method for cleaning out pipes.
- 2. Snaking is not likely to damage pipes, even if the pipes are older or damaged.
- 1. Snaking only clears out a narrow path through the drain, and is therefore a temporary repair. The path cleared by a snake is only as wide as the auger that is used. Snaking the drain will create a pathway for drainage, but it only provides a temporary reprieve.
If you are having trouble with your sewer lines, get in touch with the folks at Scott English Plumbing. We will come out and take a look at your sewer line and help you figure out the best solution.