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What​ ​is​ ​hydro-jetting​ ​and do​ ​I​ ​need​ ​this​ ​drain​ ​cleaning​ ​service? 

Posted on December 19th, 2017

Hydro-jetting is a technique that uses water sprayed under high pressure to clean out a sewer pipe. You may need this cleaning technique if your main drain is badly clogged. The good news is that hydrojetting is one of the services offered by our professionals at Plumbing & A/C Medic.
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How Does Hydrojetting Work?

The way hydrojetting works is fairly simple. First, our plumber finds a cleanout plug. This is a place in the plumbing system that allows them to access the inside of the pipe. When the cleanout is opened, the plumber places a hose inside that sprays water through the pipe. It is nothing like what happens when you turn on your garden hose, even if you think your garden hose is powerful. The pressure the water is under can be as high as 5000 pounds per square inch. Some hoses are also equipped with scouring heads to really clean grease, hair, soap scum, limescale and other debris from the inner lining of the plumbing pipes.

As the pressurized water and scouring head work, the debris in the pipes is knocked loose and is eventually flushed down to the sewer or the septic tank. Removing debris in this way has proven to be more effective than using just a scouring machine.

The jet of water is powerful enough to dislodge some tree roots that have infiltrated into the pipes. However, these roots can be quite fine and can grow so dense that they burst the pipe. In the meantime, it is nearly impossible for anything to get past them, which leads to back-ups in the plumbing system. When roots get this invasive, hydrojetting won’t help. We can use other methods to clear roots from your pipes.

What We Do
Before our plumbers even perform hydrojetting, they use a video camera to inspect your pipes to see what is causing your problem. They’ll be able to see if the clogs are caused by roots or other problems that would respond to hydrojetting. Sometimes, they’ll determine that the pipes are too delicate to withstand a scouring head, and only water will be used. After the treatment is over, the plumber will again use a video camera to see that the job has been done well.

Call Plumbing & A/C Medic if you think your sewer line needs Hydrojetting. Residents in the Phoenix, Arizona area who are having backups and other problems with their plumbing should get in touch with our professionals at Plumbing & A/C Medic without delay. Our numbers are:

  • East Valley (480) 734-1745
  • Central Valley (602) 540-8511
  • West Valley (623) 640-1019