What You Need to Know About Hydro Jetting and If It Works

We all know what it’s like to have buildup in the pipes in our homes. It’s a pain. You pour some powerful agent down the sink or tub drains, maybe even the toilet. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Now imagine it happened in a corporate building. While you can take your sink pipes apart, finding a blockage in a large facility isn’t so easy. Our answer to this is hydro jetting.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is a technique professional plumbers use to clear slow-moving or clogged sewage lines. It sends high-pressured water jets through the pipes, removing grease, food deposits, sand, dirt, congealed baby wipes, mineral scale, and hair — everything you can imagine. The best part is it cleans the plumbing, not just parts of the system.

How does it work?

Firstly, your plumber will inspect your system via video inspection to locate the major areas of significant buildup in your system. Our plumbers will also inspect the pipes to ensure that the pipes can withstand the intense pressure.

Once a plumber determines the pipes can tolerate the pressure, they will insert the hoses into your pipes at an access point. The plumber will turn the hydro jetting machine on and slowly add pressure to the pumping water. This machine has the power to pressurize the water up to 35,000 psi. However, based on the pressure needs of your system, the plumber will adjust the pressure accordingly.

This high-water pressure forces the blockages to dislodge from the pipe walls and flushes the broken blockages safely out of your plumbing system. Simple enough, right? Well, there is one caveat.

Although we have simplified the process above, significant challenges can go wrong if you don’t use a professional plumber. If you get hydro jetting wrong, you can break your pipes and seriously damage your plumbing system. This can leave you with a high repair bill. For that reason alone, always hire a professional plumber with the right tools and experience to safely complete the job.

When To Use Hydro Jetting

As a facility manager, when you begin to have regular backups, drains smelling, gurgling, or noisy pipes, and your drains running slow are indications of debris in your pipes. Hydro jetting aggressively cleans pipe walls and removes clogs more comprehensively than other current techniques. And it doesn’t include the use of harsh chemicals, only water.

In some instances, hydro jetting can clear tree root penetrations. However, after inspecting the pipes with video assessment, your plumber will determine this. If the damage is minimal, hydro jetting could be a viable option.

Hydro jetting is a safe method and is only unsuitable once pipes are inspected. Again, a professional should approve it first. Once this is determined, snaking and drills (augers) are often used for weakened pipes because they are less intense.

The Severn Group and Your Plumbing System

Every task is manageable for our professionals to handle and complete for any client who contacts us. Our plumbing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and equipped with the latest tools. The Severn Group Plumbing team can deliver an array of services based on our clients’ unique needs without any problem.

Our plumbers’ knowledge of materials and access to plumbing parts makes it easier for us to get the job done right. Contact The Severn Group today; we can help you by providing you with assessments and estimates for your plumbing system condition.