Everything You Need to Know About Hydro Jetting

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It’s likely that the first time you heard the phrase “hydro jetting” was from a plumber delivering unwelcome news during a visit. Your pipes experienced a problem like clogging or back up. The plumber explained that the hydro jetting process will use high-pressure water. Forcing the water under pressure into the pipes clears blockage and contaminants in its path. Before you agree with their diagnosis and treatment plan, if you have questions we are here to help answer them.

When Is Hydro Jetting Used?

Hydro jetting is proposed by a professional when the standard process of snaking or other methods would not be effective. Only trained professionals should treat pipes in this manner. Please note that this is not a complicated process, but if not done correctly, it can cause more damage. This process shoots water between 1500 PSI and 4000 PSI, depending on pipe dimensions and application through the pipes. Professional plumbers will adjust the nozzles for drain size, type of clogs, and other factors for the best results. Knowing how to make small adjustments and other considerations to successfully hydro jetting requires someone with specialized knowledge in this area.

Benefits of Hydro Jetting

Snaking moves through the pipes and removes clogs. Hydro jetting cleans pipes and fixes any known clogging issues. This cleansing causes better overall water flow. Also, cleaning the pipes will help cut down on bacteria that pipes develop over time and use. Snaking can remove simple root intrusions if cutting heads are applied. Due to the water pressure used, hydro jetting cuts both residue and root intrusion down extensively.

Can Hydro Jetting Damage Pipes?

Old houses and those with extensive tree root issues could be at risk of added damage if hydro jetting is allowed. This is why only a professional should do this service. Further, ensure that the plumbing professional has done a thorough inspection of your system. Professionals must take cracks or other safety issues with your pipes into consideration. Choosing a licensed and insured professional is necessary for your peace of mind.

Precautions You Need to Take

If you have a septic system, hydro jetting may not be your best option. Hydro jetting cleanses the pipes of bacteria, which septic systems rely on to break down waste. If you do have a septic tank and wish to do jetting, ensure you ask questions about the professionals’ credentials. How often have they done this service? What precautions are they taking to protect the septic system and pipes?

Additionally, pipes with extensive tree infiltrations could be at risk for damage from hydro jetting. If this is a known contributing factor to your plumbing concerns, ask about using a camera. A camera is sent through the pipes to better see damage already in place. It can show whether there are tree roots and help determine if this process could cause added damage.

Finally, always ask for references and credentials. Ensuring the professional does due diligence should alleviate risks. Unfortunately, pipes are areas that are not easily accessible. Damage to these can be a time-consuming and expensive fix. Always hire the best professionals for hydro jetting or any plumbing service.

Contact Team Rooter Today

Hydro jetting may be an option to clear that nasty clog you have, but the benefits go beyond that simple fix. It can also clear bacteria, residue, and even tree infiltrations. Because of this, you must always do due diligence to hire the right professional. If you want to know whether it may be right for you, contact Team Rooter today!


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