Using a Hydro Jet to Clean Out Your Drains
Everybody gets a clogged pipe at some point. Usually, it isn’t a big deal. You can use the plunger to clear it out and get things moving again, or you can flush out the clog with a simple solution of vinegar and baking soda. Sometimes, though, the clog is tougher to deal with. Your usual methods for eliminating the clog just don’t do the trick.
Stubborn clogs like these are usually caused by a problem that has been developing slowly over a long period of time. You may have a buildup of scale or debris inside your pipes. Your sewer lines may have tree roots growing into them, blocking the path for the drain to empty properly. There may be cooking grease built up inside the lining of the pipes. In these cases, a plunger or vinegar and baking soda flush just won’t cut it. You need a more powerful method for cleaning out your pipes.
Often, homeowners fear that if they have a major clog, it means that they need to replace their pipes. This is usually unnecessary. Replacing all of your plumbing is a major expense. Instead, you can have the pipes cleaned out with a hydro jet. This will clear out all the clogs so that your pipes are as good as new.
Hydro Jetting – What Is It?
Hydro jetting is a method that uses high-pressured jets of water to clean blockages and debris out of plumbing lines. It can be compared 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 anywhere from 3,000 to 35,000 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 from a hydro jet forces out any clogs and buildup that may be present in your pipes. The result is clean, clear pipes.
What About Snaking?
Snaking is an older method that was used to clear pipes. It uses a cable and an auger instead of high-pressured water to clear the drain. Snaking is effective, but it only clears a narrow pathway through the drain, and the buildup will return. It is only a temporary solution. Hydro jetting, on the other hand, completely clears out the pipes and returns them to like-new condition.
Hydro Jetting is Safe
Older methods for removing tough clogs involved cutting a hole in the pipe and removing the clog by hand. Today, this is unnecessary. Hydro jetting allows you to remove the clog without having to cut the pipe or create additional damage.
Hydro Jetting is Versatile
Hydro jetting can be used in many different circumstances, for both residential and commercial pipes. It can be used to clean pipes of any size. It is flexible, too, so it can maneuver around turns and bends in the pipes.
If you have a tough clog in your plumbing system, give the folks at Scott English Plumbing a call. We will come out and take a look at the situation. We can use our video inspection tools to locate the clog, and use our hydro jet to clear it out. We want to fix your plumbing problem with as little fuss as possible. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help.