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Hydro Jetting: The Basics
What is it and How Does it Work?:
The hydro jetting system consists of a high-pressure hose, with a specialized nozzle, connected to a machine that pressurizes water. Being pressurized this produces a powerful flow of water that cleans and clears drains. Hydro jetting is usually done through a cleanout on your property that runs out to the city sewer. The water is forced down the drain, where it pushes grease, deteriorated cast iron, hair and other debris through the drain out to the city sewer. With a powerful enough hydro jet, tree roots can also be broken up and removed from your drains. A camera is usually inserted into the drain line to see what kind of build up or blockage exists in the line, and then after hydro jetting to see if line is clear.
Why use a Hydro Jetter Instead of Snaking?:
Snaking doesn’t thoroughly clean your pipes, it usually just pokes a hole through the blockage, so it is a temporary solution to many types of blockages. Jetting gives an even and thorough cleaning of your sewer and area drain lines. Cleaning out the build up of grease, soaps and minerals that are building up in the piping, while also clearing most blockages.
When is the Right Time to use a Jetter?:
Hydro jetting is recommended for any sewer or area drain at anytime. Especially if you have a slow draining fixture. A few examples are: kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, showers, tubs,toilets, laundry or area drains. Or in circumstances when you run the dishwasher or laundry machine and water or sewage start coming up through another fixtures drain.
If your drains and sewer are running properly, a annual hydro jetting is recommended to keep lines clear from grease, build up and/or deteriorated cast iron. This annual maintenance will help prolong the life of your pipes, and gives you peace of mind!