Galvanized pipe replacement is often necessary for a number of reasons. This special type of pipe can provide long-term benefits to many plumbing systems; however, a lot of people aren’t aware of the basics regarding galvanized pipes. While these pipes do provide great support for plumbing systems, plumbers are actually determining that they need to…
Don’t End Up in a Hairy Situation: Hydro-Jetting Treats Clogs
We have all seen it: the hair/soap scum mixture lurking in the shower, clogging up our drains and making us confront our fears. Surface removal works okay, but what if the clog is deeper than that? What if there is so much hair and debris that your residential plumbing is not cutting it and you cannot remove the clog yourself. Time to call a plumber and ask for a professional hydro-jetting service to clear those clogs.
What is hydro-jetting?
Hydro-jetting is a residential plumbing service performed by a professional plumber to clear tough clogs and blockage from pipes and drains. It uses a pressurized hose to spray powerful jets of water down the drain to clear any debris or gunk that may be stuck. Hydro-jetting is a great service to consider if drainage has become a common issue, because this is usually an indicator that there may be a blockage under the surface. It is not harmful to pipes and is fairly cost effective at approximately $500 (much less expensive than pipe replacement, which can be the only option if a blockage is not taken care of).
What causes the most clogs?
If you have long hair or a hair type that regenerates often with lots of growth and shedding, it is likely the cause of your blockage. Loose strands here and there may not seem like much, but over time, they are bound together in the pipes, and standard residential plumbing can get blocked. When this type of blockage occurs, it can affect not only the shower drain but also the plumbing throughout the house, since the buildup can progress to the sewer, which is fed into by each pipe. If the sewer line is blocked with tumbleweeds of hair, it will cause problems other than the minor annoyance of a slow shower drain.
The dangers of sewage blockage
If the blockage does occur in the sewage line, it means bad news for the overall plumbing. A sewage block must be cleared by a professional. A hair clump may start in the shower drain, but left unaddressed, it makes its way to the sewer below and builds up to eventually block the sewer line. This can cause backup and overflow of any drain in the house, including sinks and toilets. At that point, different drains are blocked throughout the house, and it can be difficult to tell where the problem really lies. Hydro-jetting is a safe solution because it is 100-percent effective at clearing out drains without damaging the pipes.
Give that hair the hydro-jet!
Used for residential plumbing, hydro-jetting can be a valuable service performed by a professional plumber. Because the equipment is technical and requires training, it is not recommended as a do-it-yourself project, but rather by a plumber. Hydro-jetting is offered by most plumbers and can clear the pipes in an afternoon, even if it took years to build up the blockage. The highly pressurized system provides reliable clearance of drains previously unmatched with any other service.
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