5 Facts You May Not Know About Hydro-Jetting

One of the worst but most common things that can happen to the plumbing in your home is drain blockages.  It might not seem like too big of a deal if you have not yet had to deal with the consequences, but trust us, the consequences can become quite severe.  And, we’re not talking about your simple, easy-to-treat hairball stuck in the drain kind of blockage. When drains become severely blocked with buildup and debris, water, foul smells, sewage and more can start to overflow into your home and yard, leaving it a sloshing mess.

Fortunately, there are several great ways you can clean out and prevent blockages from happening to your home plumbing system.  But, the best way to get the job done is through hydro-jetting. So, if you’re considering this route or are new to the procedure altogether, here are a few facts that you need to know:      

  • Hydro-jet cleaning uses high-pressure water streams that shoot through your pipes to remove build-up.  The process uses water blasters that can reach extreme pressures from 7,000 PSI (pounds per square inch) to 60,000 PSI.  Hydro-jetting works using pressure and flow. When dealing with softer materials and blockages, higher flows will be used, while the higher pressure will be used to loosen hardened materials.  All blockages are different, though, and require professional assessment. So, call your trusted plumber, and they will help you determine the best way to take care of the problem.
  • A hydro-jet is made up of a pump, engine, hose and nozzle.  The pump and engine work together to create pressure to shoot water through the hose, then through small openings in the nozzle that are designed to restrict water flow.  The hydro-jet can create enough speed that the water and volume are able to loosen even the toughest clogs. Forward facing jets are first used to clear debris, then rear facing jets are used to flush everything out of the pipe, while rotating nozzles work simultaneously to remove grease and/or roots.
  • Hydro-Jets can be used to clear lateral pipes and drains, those pipes which connect a building’s drainage system to municipal sewers.  And, you want to have them cleared before it’s too late, as blockages in these pipes can cause expensive pipe collapses.
  • To prevent harmful wastewater and dangerous contaminants from entering the natural environment, the hydro-jetting process contains, captures, filters and reuses water.  It’s an environmentally-friendly feature that other cleaning abrasives just don’t provide.
  • High pressure jetting was invented in the 1950’s.  It used to be an expensive process that required bulky equipment, but today we have efficient units that can be easily handled by a single plumber.  

Hydro-Jetting is a service that we at Tritan Plumbing expertly provide, and that’s just the start of what we can do for you and your home. So, if you’re facing drain blockages that just can’t be fixed with home remedies, give us a call to discuss your options, find out more about hydro-jetting or schedule an appointment with someone from our team.


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