Hydro-jetting is a technique that plumbers use to remove the most stubborn clogs. The plumber uses a machine to apply a strong surge of water to dislodge debris from the pipes. A plumber will determine that hydro-jetting is necessary if clogs cannot be eliminated using other methods.

How Does Hydro-Jetting Work?

Before the hydro-jetting process can begin, the plumber sends a camera down into the pipe to conduct a video inspection to determine what is causing the clog. The camera is fed into the pipe by attaching it onto the end of a snaking tool. In addition to discovering the material that is causing the clog, the camera allows the plumber to identify its location. Depending on what is causing the clog, additional preparations may be needed before hydro-jetting can begin. For example, if your pipe is clogged by tree roots, the plumber needs to break up the tree roots using a snake before he can run the hydro-jetting machine.

The hydro-jetting machine has a large tank that holds an immense amount of water. The machine shoots the pressurized water into the pipes through the nozzles and clears the clog along the way. It cleans the pipes thoroughly as it pushes all the debris forward until it is gone entirely. The nozzle that the plumber chooses will depend on the shape and size of your pipe as well as the composition of the clog. For instance, a nozzle shaped like a chisel is useful for removing hard clogs such as ice or tree roots. Water shoots through your pipes at a rate of up to 3,500 pounds for every square inch. Because hydro-jetting involves using water that runs at such a high pressure, plumbers are required to wear protective clothing and gear.

Hydro-jetting is most useful in the following situations:

  • Eradicating scale or mineral buildup that is causing a clog
  • Dislodging tree roots
  • Removing silt or sand
  • Scouring the sides of pipes to clear out residue
  • Flushing a system that is stagnant
  • Ridding the pipes of blockages caused by ice
  • Clearing pipes of grease and oil
  • Removing hardened blockages caused by debris buildup

How Does Hydro-Jetting Benefit Homeowners, Business Owners and the Community?

Hydro-jetting is among the safest methods of clog removal because no harsh chemicals are used at any point in the process. If a leak should occur, harmful chemicals will not be released into the soil or groundwater since fresh water is the only thing used during the hydro-jetting process. When chemical leakage occurs, fish and other wetland creatures will get poisoned, and the water supply can become unsafe. Chemical leakage can also lead to entire ecosystems being disrupted.

Compared to other drain cleaning solutions, such as power rodding and chemical treatments, hydro-jetting lasts the longest. Plumbing will be free of blockages for a longer period.

While snakes are an effective clog removal tool, they have their drawbacks. Snakes cannot thoroughly clean your pipes because they are much thinner than the pipes, thus they will only break up the center of the clog and still leave debris along the sides of the pipes. Hydro-jetting is the most effective at cleaning your pipes because no clog is going to be able to stand up to thousands of pounds of water pressure.

In older buildings, a significant amount of buildup is found in the pipes due to decades of use. Because hydro-jetting provides a comprehensive cleaning, it can be used to remove all this buildup, so plumbing functions optimally.

Hydro-jetting is also beneficial for restaurant owners. Restaurant plumbing is subjected to a substantial amount of wear and tear. Fats, oils and other food particles go down the drains regularly even if workers follow stringent protocols to dispose of such materials. Over time, this residue congeals and hardens, and blockages occur that lead to clogs and sewage backups.

Industrial facilities can benefit from hydro-jetting because it is excellent for removing sludge and other waste products that result from industrial processes. Even though there are laws in place set by governmental bodies to ensure the proper disposal of industrial waste, some will inevitably find their way into the pipes. These industrial pollutants typically include synthetic fibers, plastics, grease, oil and heavy metals. Because hydro-jetting is highly effective, blockages can be removed quickly with minimal disruption to industrial operations.

Hydro-jetting is also useful for maintaining municipal water systems. Because thousands of users constantly rely on municipal water supplies, buildup occurs quickly. Hydro-jetting promptly removes the buildup so there is no disruption.

Are There Any Concerns About Hydro-Jetting Ruining Pipes?

Some believe that because high water pressure is involved that pipes will get damaged. However, hydro-jetting will not damage your pipes. Hydro-jetting is safe and reliable. The only time when there will ever be a concern with using a hydro-jet is if the pipes are already cracked or damaged. The plumber will inspect your pipes before moving forward with hydro-jetting. If the plumber finds that your pipes are too fragile, he or she will recommend replacement options.

What Is the History of Hydro-Jetting

Using pressurized water to cause erosion has been around since the late 19th century. High-pressure water was first used in hydraulic mining, and then the technology developed further to include additional uses such as cutting paper and plastic. In 1958, jet cutters began to be used in industrial processes, and they are still used today in manufacturing plants to cut hard materials such as stainless steel. Hydro-jetting was also introduced to the plumbing industry in the 1950s and is still used by plumbers today.

Some people have never heard of hydro-jetting until recently. Historically, hydro-jetting was not popular because it was cost prohibitive for most home or business owners, and the machine was so large that it required several plumbers to maneuver it. Fortunately, the machine is much smaller now thanks to technological advancements, and homeowners and small business owners can afford these services.

Hydro-Jetting Is Not a DIY Project

You may think you can save money by performing hydro-jetting on your own; however, this is not possible. The cost of hydro-jetting equipment is out of the reach of most consumers. Even if you have enough money to purchase a hydro-jetting machine, you do not have the training or experience to operate one safely. No amount of time spent watching DIY videos or reading tutorials will compare to the training and experience of a professional plumber. Plumbers receive years of training before they are licensed, and part of this training includes learning how to safely operate a hydro-jetting machine. Additionally, you can damage your pipes if you use a hydro-jetting machine incorrectly. Plumbers choose different levels of water pressure depending on the type of pipes you have, and using the wrong amount of water pressure can cause your pipes to crack. Always contact a professional plumber for hydro-jetting solutions.

If you have a tough clog, our licensed plumbers at Cooper’s Water in Indiana can offer you hydro-jetting services. We also specialize in other plumbing solutions such as water softeners, water filtration, reverse osmosis and several plumbing services. Contact Cooper’s Water for more information today.

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