If you’re planning to use hydro jetting to fix one of your persisting plumbing issues, there are several things you should know beforehand.
Because while this project is highly efficient and affordable, there are some severe consequences if things go sideways.
In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of hydro jetting and what can go wrong with it.
What Is Hydro Jetting?
First things first, let’s thoroughly explain what hydro jetting is and what it implies.
Hydro jetting uses high-pressure water jets to remove blockages and debris from the interior of pipes. It sprays pressurized water (up to 4000 PSI) in sewer lines, but can also be done on other plumbing systems.
The hydro jetting equipment consists of a high-pressure pump, a hose, and a nozzle. The nozzle is connected to the hose and is used to direct the water jet into any given area.
Hydro Jetting works hand in hand with other methods, like underground CCTV and snaking.
The Pros Of Hydro Jetting
Hydro Jetting Works For Any Clog
Hydro jetting is infinitely capable, effortlessly blasting through any obstruction and washing away even the most resilient clogs.
Hydro Jetting Pushes Away The Sludge
Although a plumbing snake works well when dealing with clogs, it is only capable of poking holes in obstructions to enable water flow. On the other hand, hydro jetting guarantees the effective and complete removal of all blockages while leaving your pipes as clean as they can be. So if you are looking for a reliable solution that will give you long-term results, then choose hydro jetting!
Hydro-Jetting Doesn’t Require A Lot Of Work
Hydro jetting offers a far less intrusive option compared to traditional plumbing repairs, eliminating the need for costly digging. To clear out clogged pipes and drains, access is simply achieved through existing cleanouts. We’ll just insert the hose in the cleanout and start the pump.
Hydro Jetting Is Chemical-Free
Hydro jetting is a quick, efficient way to clear and clean your plumbing pipes. With just pressurized water, blockages are removed without the use of any hazardous chemicals or substances – making it safer for you and the environment.
Hydro Jetting Can Even Break Tree Roots
Tree roots are among the most frequent culprits for damaged sewer pipes. When they go undetected in their formative stages, these tiny offenders will develop into massive obstacles that can severely damage a pipe system. Hydro jetting is an effective technique to eliminate smaller tree roots before any significant destruction occurs.
The Cons Of Hydro Jetting
Hydro Jetting Can Damage Rusted, Frail Pipes
Sewer pipes have a finite lifespan, and the longer they are in use, the more susceptible they become to leaking or breaking.
As such, it’s not wise to opt for a high pressure water jetting on pipes that are of advanced age, and vulnerable condition given pressurized water at 4000 PSI could cause even further damage. If you’re unfortunate enough to experience this issue, then you’ll be facing a much larger problem.
At Fanti Plumbing, before we use hydro jetting, we’ll do a thorough inspection of your sewer lines with a CCTV. We’ll look right into the lines to see what’s the issue and, and if hydro jetting worsens the problem, we’ll find a different way to fix the issue without breaking older and weaker pipelines.
You Can’t Hydro Jet By Yourself
Unless you have all the required equipment and you’ve used hydro jetting before, this plumbing project is not for you. Hydro jetting is a delicate process that requires specialized tools (the hydro jetting machines) and expertise; trust the job of professionals who have both to avoid damaging your pipes.
For two primary reasons, all professional sewer repair contractors perform a CCTV video inspection before hydro jetting. Although this should be part of all hydro jetting services, many plumbers skip this part.
- Firstly, they must guarantee the pipe is clogged instead of collapsed.
- Secondly, they need to ensure that the pipe can withstand highly pressurized water by examining its condition and strength.
Before you hire any plumber, make sure to check if a video inspection will be conducted before doing a high pressure water jetting on your entire drain line.
You’ll Use A Lot Of Water
Without a doubt, hydro jetting is an eco-friendly solution since it doesn’t require any aggressive chemicals – only water. Although its resourcefulness has made it quite the popular option, unfortunately, during times of drought, this technology may not be the most viable choice due to its high water consumption rate.
An advanced, high pressure water jetting project uses a trailer of 2,500 gallons of water and pushes 100 gallons of water per minute. This would be ideal for heavy roots and lots of sludge. A smaller hydro jet project will use a 50 gallons tank of water, and it works in most cases for residential drain lines or a smaller sewer line.
Without a doubt, hydro jetting is an efficient way to fix most plumbing issues. However, if you want this project to be 100% successful, working with a reliable plumber is more important than anything.
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.
Our recommendation is to hydro jet to clear drain lines every once in a while, not just when a problem arises. High pressure water jetting should be a measure of precaution, not necessarily a fix.