Answers to Questions About Hydrojetting

Backed up sewer lines and clogged house drains aren't just inconvenient—they can also lead to major damages in and around your home. Hydro jetting provides one way to help avoid drain issues.

When Is Hydro Jetting Necessary?

When a drain backs up, most people first try to clear it themselves with a plunger or drain cleaner. When this fails, the plumber is called in to use an auger to snake out the drain. Most of the time, the auger quickly clears out the clog. In those cases when an auger fails, hydro jetting may be the only solution. A high-pressure jet of water is sent down the drain, where it forces out anything that is causing blockages. A hydro jet can cut through soil, compacted waste, and even tree roots.

Can Hydro Jetting Be Used Proactively?

Of course, you don't have to wait until you have a major clog to benefit from hydro jetting. It is possible to use hydro jetting proactively to prevent backups from occurring. This is especially common for main drains that tend to suffer frequent blockages due to tree roots. The drain cleaning service can come out every one to two years and spray out all of your drains so they continue to empty smoothly and without obstruction. Your service can help you determine the best schedule for regular cleanings.

Will Hydro Jetting Damage the Pipes?

Generally, hydro jetting is perfectly safe for your pipes. Most modern homes are equipped with PEX pipes, which are a type of plastic polymer. The high pressure from hydro jetting will not damage the PEX at all. Older homes with metal pipes or clay sewer lines are a little more at risk. Hydro jetting won't damage these pipes if they are in good condition. If there is already the early stages of damage, though, then the pipes could be at risk of further damages under the high-pressure spray of water.

How Can Pipe Damage Be Avoided?

Fortunately, you can avoid damages by scheduling a pipe inspection in conjunction with the drain cleaning. Your contractor will send a pipe camera down your drains so that they can see any possible damages or blockages. If the damage is severe, they may recommend a repair or replacement. Minor damage can be fixed by either relining the pipe or replacing the small damaged section. Then hydro jetting and other drain cleaning methods can be used without any fears of causing more issues.

Contact a hydro jet pipe cleaning service in your area for more help.