Hydro-Jetting Plumbing Solutions
Some methods open the clog. Hydro Jetting your plumbing pipes will CLEAN your lines!
What Is Hydro Jetting?
In a typical home, plumbing pipes are exposed to grease, soap residue, minerals and other materials that, over time, form a grimy buildup. Eventually, this buildup can become thick enough to block the flow of water within your plumbing. While drain snakes and chemical cleaners can usually open your clogged drains, they cannot clean them. For cleaning your pipes, or when other methods cannot open the clog, hydro jetting may be in order.
Hydro jetting is a method of spraying the plumbing pipe interior with high-pressure jets of water that blast away buildup and debris. The equipment used, called a "Hydro Jet", consists of a water tank and a hose with a nozzle specially designed to deliver powerful jets of water. Using 4000 psi or more, Hydro Jets work very effectively at cleaning clogged or slow draining lines. It is especially effective at tackling sediment and grease clogs that are not easily removed by other methods.
Benefits of Hydro Jetting your Plumbing Pipes:
- Most thorough cleaning method – An electric drain snake uses a turning, corkscrew-like wire to cut a path through the buildup within plumbing pipes. While this gets rid of blockages, it doesn’t remove all of the buildup. Chemical drain openers usually can’t break through solid clogs within your plumbing system. Hydro jetting not only breaks up solid clogs and roots, but it also flushes away sludge and mineral deposits.
- Less risk of damage (When used by a professionally trained technician) – A drain snake’s turning wire can crack pipes, while chemical cleaners can soften PVC pipes. A Hydro Jet sprays water at a pressure that is carefully calibrated, based on the type of system and nature of blockage, to break up debris without harming your plumbing pipes. Only pure water is used, so there’s no risk of damage to your plumbing system.
- Saves time and money – Hydro Jetting typically offers faster clearing of clogs, saving extra time, and avoiding the expense of major plumbing drain reconstruction.
- Environmentally safe – Strong drain cleaners use caustic chemicals like sodium hydroxide (lye) or sulfuric acid. Our Hydro Jet service requires nothing more than water to clean your plumbing pipes.
The speed of the water along with the volume of water used loosens buildup and debris. Forward-facing jets clear debris. Rear-facing jets flush everything out and propel the hose up the pipe. Rotating nozzles remove grease and roots. Pressure and flow are the two main factors in how Hydro Jetting works. For softer materials, lower flows work better; for hardened materials, a higher pressure will better loosen it. Each plumbing problem is unique. Our professional technicians at Hulsey Plumbing will decide the best way to attack your specific problem.
If you need to have your plumbing snaked on a regular basis, or experience frequent blockages or drainage issues, you may need a through cleaning that can only be obtained through the use of hydro jetting.
Hydro Jetting will eliminate ALL the debris in your plumbing lines. This service can greatly improve older plumbing lines that have years of build up. It is particularly useful for homeowners that experience sand and silt build up, as chemical cleaners and augers will not flush the system completely. Hydro Jetting can remove the sand, silt and scale build-up, as well as hair clogs and other residues that build up on the walls of the pipes. Because hydro jetting scours the full diameter of the pipe, it flushes debris and can completely clean pipes of residual build up in ways that snaking cannot.
Hydro Jetting vs. Drain Snaking
Drain Snaking does not pull against the sides of the drain sufficiently to remove certain types of clogs, such as a grease or sediment clog. The snake will simply penetrate through the grease or sediment, instead of “grabbing” it. This results in an opening in the clog or blockage which will re-clog again quickly.
Hydro Jetting thoroughly cleans all of the plumbing pipe, including the sidewalls of the pipe, from all grease, build-up, sediment and debris. Occasionally, in the case of very thick roots, the pipe may be snaked first, to break up roots, and then hydro jetted to wash out the resulting debris. Your Hulsey Plumbing technician will know the best methods to use.
Hydro Jetting vs. Liquid Drain Cleaners
Liquid drain cleaners fail to remove grease and sediment clogs because they do not have the necessary combination of solvent and force. A Hydro Jet has the best of both worlds.
The water pressure from our Hydro Jet provides the physical force similar to a snaking system, and the water itself provides the liquid solvent to break up the grease and sediment and wash it away. Many drain cleaners contain dangerous chemicals and high toxicity levels, can damage your pipes, fixtures and plumbing system over time, and are bad for the environment.
Considerations Before Using A Hydro-Jet
- Heavy Roots - If smaller or multiple tree roots are a problem, the high pressure can often cut through them. However, in some cases, a snake may need to be used to first tear up heavier root-related blockages. (Your Hulsey Plumbing technician will guide you and provide the best solution to your plumbing problem)
- Broken Pipes - Hydro Jetting will not solve problems with broken pipes and could even cause weakened areas to break. In the event your technician suspects a broken pipe, or in cases where the drainage system is older, he may recommend a Video Inspection to reduce the possibility of damaging already weakened pipes, as well as to prevent sewage from back-flowing into other areas.
Hydro Jetting should ONLY be performed a professional plumbing contractor.
Plumbing technicians from Hulsey Plumbing are highly trained and skilled in the technique of hydro jetting. This is very important because when used by inexperienced hands, the high pressure water could damage lines if they are not properly inspected first. The quality plumbers from Hulsey are well-trained in the use of the hydro jetting systems and know what to look for to prevent damage while thoroughly cleaning your system. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!