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Guide to Hydro Jetting

Posted on March 14, 2024 by oozle

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Sometimes, a drain clog is too tough or too deep for normal clearing methods.  It may be difficult to snake or around a tricky bend. In these cases, hydro-jetting is an ideal solution to clear drain lines when nothing else can. Hydrojetting was invented nearly 200 years ago, first used in New Zealand in the 1850s to excavate loose materials from coal mines. By the early 1900s, it has been used to clear and clean clogged sewer lines in the most efficient way possible.

Hydro jetting serves an important role in plumbing and maintenance because it is very forceful, but also non-damaging to pipes. It also navigates bends far more easily than any tool. If you have a clog that just won’t clear, hydrojetting is often the right answer.

How Hydrojetting Works

Hydrojetting your drains and sewer lines involves directing a high-pressure flow of water down the pipes to break up any clogs. Your plumber will use an on-site water pressurizing engine that will blast water at high speeds. This flow is enough to break up, melt, and disperse most clogs so that your drains and sewer lines run clear again.

The components of a hydrojetting system include the pressurizer and two hoses, one feeding water to the pressure engine, and one emitting high-pressure water down the drain. Your plumber will carefully adjust pressure settings to optimize both force and flow to break up your clog. This can help to prevent damage and minimize backflow.

Advantages of Hydrojetting

Hydrojetting offers several valuable advantages compared to other types of drain clearing. This would explain why it is quite popular among both property owners and plumbers.

Compared to snaking, hydro jetting is easy and can apply pressure at far longer distances. It is also much safer than using harsh chemicals, especially in homes and cities with old drains that may not be fully resistant to the chemicals used to break up a clog.

Because it is not chemical, hydrojetting offers significant environmental benefits and does not put the local ecosystem at risk.

Hydro-jetting is also more cost-effective, requiring less of your plumber’s time and no materials that will be used up – other than a little bit of water. Hydro-jetting your drains on occasion can also provide long-term savings.

Applications of Hydro Jetting

Hydrojetting can be used in any situation where there are drains or sluices that need to be cleared. The use of pressurized water is quite diverse.

Residential Plumbing: Hydro jetting can be used to clear drains and the sewers beyond them of clogs and built-up debris. Hydro jetting can also be used to descale inlet pipes running from the water main to the taps.

Commercial and Industrial: Hydro jetting is not only used for the drains of commercial buildings. It can also be used to clear machinery, wet channels, and sluiceways where a pressurized water cleaning can provide the desired effects.

Municipal (city) Infrastructure: Maintaining city assets is equally important. Hydrojetting can be used to clear the city-controlled lengths of pipe, sewer lines, and large municipal features that sometimes need pressurized cleaning.

Understanding the Hydro Jetting Equipment

Hydrojetting relies on a three-part structure: The water source, the pressurizing engine, and the nozzle. The equipment includes the engine, hoses, and nozzle attachments.

There are three types of hydrojetter engines: Portable pressurizers, truck-mounted water pressurizers, and trailer-mounted pressurizers. The size depends on the capacity and intensity of work which must be done. From there, hoses supply and emit the water. Nozzle configurations can be seen as adjustable and interchangeable. First, the correct type of nozzle is selected, and then the pressure is set to the appropriate level for the job.

It is important to use safety precautions, such as starting at a low pressure and to maintain equipment for optimal performance.

Preparation and Execution

Preparing a site for hydrojetting involves gaining access to both the nearest water source and an opening to the system that must be hydro-jetted clean. The room where the water is applied may also be protected in case of backflow.

Technicians use safety protocols such as careful handling of the engine and pressurized water. They also likely wear protective gear to ensure that no damage or injury is caused by the use of such a high-powered method.

Step-by-Step Process for Hydro Jetting

  1. Assess the job
  2. Choose the right size water pressure
  3. Prepare the space
  4. Connect to the water source
  5. Access the treatment location
  6. Slowly turn up the pressure and monitor progress
  7. Clear the clog or clean the pipe
  8. Turn off the pressurizer and wrap up the hoses.

Common Hydro Jetting Challenges and Solutions

Of course, hydrojetting is not a magic solution. It is possible to run into problems. Stubborn blockages can take more time and carefully increased pressure to break up. And if you run into tree roots, these will need to be addressed before hydrojetting can do the rest of the job.

Maintaining your pipes carefully can prevent issues with hydro jet cleaning later on. Regularly flushing with vinegar, for example, will clear scale (mineral buildup) and discourage root intrusion at the same time.

Environmental Considerations

Hydrojetting is one of the most eco-friendly ways to clear a drain. It can help to optimize waste disposal and recycling practices and only adds clean water to the systems that are cleaned using this method. Compared to chemical cleaning, the environmental advantages are profound.

For commercial properties and plumbing services, it is also useful to note that hydrojetting can assist in compliance with environmental regulations.

Hiring a Professional Hydro Jetting Service

If your pipes or machinery are in need of professional hydrojetting, it is important to find the right service. Look for teams who are experienced in hydrojetting with available reviews and testimonials attesting to their past results. Licensed plumbing services will have the knowledge and experience necessary to set the pressure correctly for the age, material, and condition of your pipes.

A few questions to ask before hiring include:

  • How long have you provided hydrojetting services?
  • May I see your license?
  • What hydrojetting configuration would you suggest for my situation?

DIY vs. Professional Hydro Jetting

While it is possible to buy or rent your own water pressurizer and hoses, DIY hydrojetting is not recommended. When done by a professional, hydrojetting is clean and efficient. However, unpracticed hydrojetting can result in serious problems. This includes dirty backflow up the pipe from the clog and the chance to damage your pipes with water pressure.

Any time your drains will not clear with normal maintenance procedures like vinegar and hot water flush or plunging, it is time to call drain professionals. They will be able to determine whether an industrial snake or hydrojetting is the right answer, and safely conduct hydrojetting when needed.

Book Your Professional Hydro Jetting Services

Hydro jetting is a useful and environmentally friendly way to get rid of tough clogs in your drains, clean scale off your water supply pipes, and clear certain types of appliances and machinery. It is also a key element of routine plumbing maintenance for many homes and water systems.

To learn more about hydrojetting or schedule a drain cleaning service for your home or business, contact us today.

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