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All About Hydro Jet Pressure Cleaning for Plumbing Blockages

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Before and After Hydro-Jet Cleaning Diagram

Before and After Hydro-Jet Cleaning Diagram

What Is a Hydro Jet and How Does It Work?

Hydro jets are essentially powerful, specialized pressure washers. A uniquely designed nozzle is attached to a machine that pressurizes water, producing a powerful stream that can reach up to around 60,000 psi. This amount of pressure is even powerful enough to break up tree roots.

Thus, it is important to inspect the pipes prior to use and ensure the pipe is not damaged, as the pressure can potentially damage it further. This is usually done with a camera sent down the drain.

After checking the pipe, the special hose and nozzle, which vary in size between 1.5" and 8", are moved into the pipe. The design and the pressure from the water generally self-propel the system through the pipe, cleaning away minerals, grease and debris. Several passes may be made to fully clean away tough blockages. After completion, the pipe is checked once more to ensure the job is completed.

Before and After Hydro-Jet Cleaning

Before and After Hydro-Jet Cleaning

Target Uses and Benefits of the Hydro Jet

For Hard Blockages and Buildups

When it comes to a clog, plungers are generally the go-to solution. If that doesn't work, a plumbing snake may be used to remove the obstruction. If the material blocking the pipes does not break up easily with snaking like toilet paper, hair or food would, it may be a more difficult blockage like a tree root or mineral buildup.

These are the blockages hydro-jet use is targeted at, but if the stronger solution is used for less-stubborn obstacles, it will also clean the pipes entirely while removing the blockage. The stream of water is forceful enough that it not only removes those blockages, but also any bacteria that has settled in the drains. If there are any foul smells coming from the drains, this can help to remove them as well.

For Complete Cleaning

Clogs are sometimes cleared out with a snake but not completely removed due to breakage. A single hydro-jet cleaning will ensure the pipe is completely clean and can delay the need for another service call for up to four times longer than a typical procedure with a snake. This reduces sewer service expenses over the long term.

Safe for Environment and Pipes

Hydro-jet cleaning is also more environmentally safe than using chemicals to break down blockages. It is also safer on the pipes, avoiding any potential damages from the chemical solutions.

Hydro Jet in Action

Hydro Jet in Action

Hydro Jet Rentals

While a plumbing professional can be enlisted to complete the task, hydro-jet cleaning systems can be rented as well. If you're comfortable using the system and confident that there are no prior damages to the pipes, this may be a possible solution.

Places with a lot of frequent buildup and blockages, like restaurants, may use hydro-jet cleaning systems more than residences. These can be picked up at large retailers like Home Depot or Lowe's.

For occasional use, especially when unfamiliar with the state of the pipe system, it may be best to reach out to a local plumber. This can help avoid potential damages from accidental misuse.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Ashley Doyle