• Hydro Jet vs Snake

    If you’re having issues with your drains, the first thing you’ll want to do is fix the issue yourself.

    Or at least try to.

    And because hydro jetting is most likely out of your league (because you don’t have the equipment), snaking remains the only available option.

    Let’s discuss the pros and cons of hydro jetting vs snaking, and where each method will be more successful than the other.

    What Is Hydro Jetting?

    Hydro Jetting is cleaning your main sewer line or your clogged drain with a high-pressure jet of water. This method works great against small debris, sludge, and small roots, and a more advanced hydro jet can even clear out heavy roots.

    • Residential properties will most likely have 4-inch lines installed, so a basic service should be enough. It has less PSI and only uses a 50-gallon tank of water, being able to push a couple of gallons per minute.

    • For commercial properties, apartment complexes, and city lines that usually have larger lines, you’ll most likely need a more thorough hydro jetting. This means a 2,500-gallon tank of water with a stronger hose that pushes over 100 gallons of water per minute. It’s great to clear heavy roots, grease, sludge, and other debris.

    What Is Snaking?

    Snaking is something most homeowners have done at one point. This method is very accessible, and anyone with the right tool can do it.

    When it comes to clearing stubborn clogs in plumbing, the plumber’s snake is the tool of choice. This long, slim auger can easily fit into sewer pipes, sewer lines, and drains to break up any blockages that a plunger can’t handle.

    It is also known as a toilet jack, plumbing auger, or drain snake and is used by professional plumbers on everything from clogged sink lines to backed-up sewer systems.

    With its flexible design and powerful torque, the plumber’s snake will quickly work out even your most difficult drainage problems!

    Risks Of Hydro Jetting And Snaking

    Both of these methods have their own disadvantages.

    • Hydro jetting, for example, is notorious because it consumes A LOT of water. It can also damage rusted cast iron pipes and can create further problems that you’ll potentially have to deal with.
    • On the other side, using drain augers (or drain snakes) without a CCTV inspection first can result in the same aftermath. The snakehead can further worsen damaged lines and bring issues that you don’t want to deal with.

    How Efficient Are Snaking And Hydro Jetting For Different Plumbing Problems?

    Against Sludge

    Hydro jetting can clear away sludge more thoroughly, while snaking will only make a hole in the blockage. You’ll improve your drains, but the issue will still be there. And because you’re only poking a hole and doing a superficial cleaning, the sludge will accumulate again rather quickly.

    Against Tree Roots

    Snaking stands no chance against roots. These are tough objects that can’t simply be pushed out of the line. A higher-pressure hydro jetting is powerful enough to cut through small or heavy roots and get rid of them for a long time, or at least until they grow again.

    Against Scale

    Scale is very strong and tough, and using plumbing snakes to clean it is inefficient. Like roots, you’ll want high-pressure hydro jetting to descale your lines. Using chemical drain cleaners is also an available option, but we recommend avoiding this on kitchen lines, for example.

    Which Method Is Better?

    Snaking creates an opening for the line to be cleared, while hydro jetting pushes out any blockage with high-pressure water.

    Snaking alone is not enough to remove grease, sludge, scale, or roots. In order to effectively clean out a greasy line, hydro jetting must be combined with snaking. If you’re only snaking, you may end up pushing soft deposits further down, which can just pile on over time.

    Here at Fanti Plumbing, we offer you a complete plumbing service. We’ll first do an in-depth inspection of the plumbing around your home. We’re using CCTVs, snaking, hydro jetting, and we’ll even reline the pipe if necessary.

    Hydro Jetting Cost

    Hydro jetting prices can range from $650 – $1,500 depending on the extent of obstruction in your pipes. You’ll receive an accurate estimate after a camera inspection.

    True to our values, we’ll be transparent and upfront with you and give you a flat rate that stays the same.

    • The basic hydro jetting service starts at $650 and goes up to $1,200 for a 50-gallons tank of water.
    • The advanced hydro jetting service starts at $1,200 and goes up to $1,500 for a 2,500-gallon tank of water.


    So, coming straight from a Master Plumber, hydro jetting is a much better option than just snaking, but even so, we’ll ALWAYS perform both of them to ensure 100% success.

    There are many issues that neither hydro jetting nor snaking can fix, and in those cases, we’ll just need a more thorough repair, like a pipe lining project.

    After our consultation, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to fix your plumbing issues once and for all!

    At Fanti Sewer & Drain Pros, we offer a complete hydrojet plumbing service in Costa Mesa, Irvine, and surrounding areas. With us, you’re getting an in-depth inspection of all your plumbing issues, and an efficient and reliable fix.

    If you’re ready to give hydro jetting a shot and reach 100% capacity on your drain and sewer lines, give us a call at (949) 686-7244 or request a free quote from your local professional plumber!