When you have a severely clogged drain or sewer line, you have two options—snaking and water jetting. Of the two, some prefer the latter because it quickly cuts through obstructions in the plumbing quickly and efficiently. But with many myths surrounding water jetting, some homeowners may be wary of this process. Here is what you need to know about it.
What Is Water Jetting?
As the name suggests, water jetting is the process of using high-pressure water flow to cut through different kinds of clogs. Sometimes called hydro-jetting, it involves placing a pump nozzle inside pipes to blast water with pressure levels of up to 5,000 psi or higher. With pressure converted into velocity, it produces a liquid stream strong enough to cut through materials of any kind, shape, and thickness.
There are two types of water jet equipment—pure and abrasive. Pure water jets only use water without any added chemicals. Abrasive jets combine water with sand or silicate materials, allowing the created stream to lacerate steel, stone, and glass.
What Clogs Does It Work Best?
As a pipe clearing method, water jetting works for a wide variety of blockages, including soap scum, food waste, grease buildup, calcified clogs, and even creeping tree roots.
Pure water jets are ideal for soft clogs such as soil, plastic, paper, rubber, and fabric. At higher water pressure levels, abrasive water jets can break down hard objects made of steel, ceramic, and glass into sizes small enough to flush out of the plumbing system.
Is It Safe?
Seasoned plumbers will first conduct a video inspection to ensure the pipes are strong enough to withstand the water pressure. If they find lines with corroded waterproofing coating or weak spots, they’ll suggest a method that won’t put your pipes at risk, such as snaking.
After determining that the pipes are sturdy, these professionals will safely handle the water jetting equipment and cut through tough blockages. It’s crucial to hire a professional for this task, as they have the proper equipment and experience to properly rid the lines of blockages.
For the best water jetting results, count on the professionals at All Star Rooter, Sewer and Drain Cleaning. Serving communities across Connecticut’s Fairfield and New Haven counties, they’ve provided a range of drain services, including video sewer inspections, cleaning, and clog clearing, since 2011. Browse their services online or call (203) 286-4498 to schedule drain cleaning today.