What Is Hydro Jetting and How Can It Clear My Pipes?

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Most people do not think about plumbing when they hear the term "hydro jetting." However, this is one of the newest tools plumbers can use to remove reoccurring clogs in homes.

If a homeowner starts to notice reoccurring clogs in their plumbing system, it may be time to call a plumber to investigate. In some cases, a plumber may need to use hydro jetting to clear out the clogged drains and problems that are causing a reduction in water pressure. Sometimes these problems with water pressure can indicate a serious problem inside the pipes that can be fixed by this solution.

Hydro jetting

This is a relatively new process that is being used by plumbers to help scour the interior surfaces of pipes. This is done to remove debris that often builds up on the inside of the pipe walls over time. Traditionally, plumbers have used rodding, which is the use of a tool to power a hole through all the excessive buildup. However, hydro jetting achieves a far more comprehensive cleaning of the pipes than rodding because it uses a high-pressure flow of water, which is a much more natural way of removing the debris.

How it works

A plumber may pressurize the water up to 5000 PSI or more, which allows the system to deliver as much as 20 gallons of water per minute. 

Once the plumber has located the clean-out, they will insert a hose that is connected to a tank of water. This specially designed hose can withstand high-pressure water that is sent through the pipes. The process of removing buildup involves working closely with gravity. It is important to understand that the majority of home plumbing systems use gravity to pull the waste water out of the home, which is why plumbing systems flood downward. Hydro jetting works from the bottom up, moving upstream and working its way through the system scarring the pipes and removing any debris clogged in the pipes. Once the debris has been dislodged, gravity pulls it out and into the sewer system.

Care must be taken

In most cases, using hydro jetting is an extremely safe way to remove blockages that may be clogging the pipes. Still, before getting started, a plumber needs to visually inspect the entire indoor plumbing system and the sewer lines. This is done using video camera equipment to ensure that there are no other issues. For example, if there is tree root infiltration that has led to pipe damage and has compromised the pipes' waterproof coating, hydro jetting may not solve the problem and can even lead to more problems, such as causing infiltration of rocks or soil. To ensure that there are no external issues, it is critically important to work with a plumber who can complete this type of inspection before using hydro jetting to clear a clogged pipe.

After hydro jetting

After the plumber is done, an inspection will be completed to ensure the clog has been cleared. If so, water should begin to flow freely. 

Call for help

If water is no longer flowing freely down your drains, call us for help. If hydro jetting is the right solution, we can discuss next steps and get to work clearing your pipes.

Request an appointment in our Cerritos office here: https://www.prodigyplumbinglbc.com.

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