What Even is Hydro Jetting? | All Drain

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When thinking of home plumbing, sinks, toilets and showers come to mind. However, the bulk of the system is happening behind the walls and under the floor. It is the parts we don’t see that work the hardest to keep everything flowing properly.

The pipes within the home see it all: food, waste, water, grease, and so much more. Over time these substances often lead to buildups and blockages. If the sink starts draining at a much slower speed, a gurgling noise is coming from the toilet, or an odd smell is seeping through the shower drain - it is time to give the plumbing system some TLC.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Simply put, hydro jetting is a drain clearing and cleaning process that uses extremely pressurized water to remove blockages and break down any residual scum or buildup. There are several situations in which hydro jetting is the appropriate solution.

Build Up

Things like grease and debris can often attach to the walls of the pipes and make it harder for waste and water to pass through. Although not a blockage, these build ups can still severely hinder the quality of the system. Hydro jetting services are the ideal solution for this type of plumbing scenario. 35,000 PPI has enough force to scrape off the residue and get things cleared for a smooth running system.

Traditional Blockages

A typical question when considering hydro jetting is why it is a better solution than a drain snake? Each clog requires a specific plan of action to resolve. In some cases, a drain snake may be the best and most affordable solution. For example, if a home is fairly new and the system has not seen much wear and tear, but something is caught or stuck in the drain - snaking would be a great way to quickly resolve the issue.

For most homes with a longer lifespan or occupancy, the problem may be due to excessive buildup that is preventing proper drainage - in this case, hydro jetting is an innovative process that not only releases the blockage, but will clear debris that may lead to future clogs.

Tree Roots

A special circumstance for hydro jetting is when tree roots are causing plumbing problems. In a lot of these scenarios, the pressure from hydro jetting will be enough to break apart the roots and move them through the pipe.

When to Avoid Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is not always the answer. Aside from the times when a drain snake is the better suited solution, jetting would also not be advised if your home’s system is really old, cracked, or fragile. The pressure that is involved with hydro jetting can cause further damage to compromised pipes.

Blockage Prevention

The reality is that no matter how kind you are to your plumbing system, wear and tear is going to happen. That being said, there are many ways to prolong the life and health of your plumbing.

Keep These Things Out

It all starts with what goes down the drain and the truth is, there is a lot that should not be overlooked:

Kitchen

  • Oil/Grease

  • Animal Bones

  • Produce Stickers

  • Coffee Grounds

  • Eggshells

 

Toilet

  • “Flushable” Wipes

  • Baby Wipes

  • Cotton Balls

  • Paper Towels

  • Kitty Litter

  • Feminine Products

  • Contraceptives

Pro Tip: Use a drain trap in the shower to avoid excess hair and products from draining.

Aside from monitoring what is going through the plumbing system, having routine drain cleaning is an important way to prevent build ups and clogs.

If your home’s plumbing system is not running properly, trust the professionals at All Drain & Sewer Cleaning to get things flowing smoothly again. Give us a call today at (937) 777-3409.