Hydrojetting is a new plumbing strategy that plumbers all over the country are beginning to adopt to tackle more severe clogs that cannot be easily remedied with plungers. This technology is a significant addition to the plumbing industry and it is important to understand exactly how it works.
What is Hydrojetting and How Does it Work?
Hydrojetting is a process that uses pressurized water to clear pipes. Professionals pump the high-pressure water through your pipes and it clears the interior of any debris that has built up and caused a clogged or slower flow.
Previously, most plumbers would use a technique called rodding. Rodding is when you use a tool to create a hole through the debris in an effort to open up the flow more. Hydrojetting is significantly more thorough and effective in clearing build-up.
A plumber will identify the ideal area to pump the water and insert a hose that is connected to a large tank of water. Depending on the severity and nature of your clog, the plumber will choose a pressure level to use. Hydrojetting can shoot up to 20 gallons of water through your pipes each minute. Because most pipes angle downward from your home into the sewer system, the dislodged material that was blocking your pipe will flow down into the sewer system.
Hydrojetting can take care of a wide variety of different materials. It will clear grease, hair, food or soap residue, and even tree roots and mineral build-up.
Risks of Hydrojetting
Though hydrojetting is a great option for clearing your pipes, it is important that you hire a plumbing professional who has experience working with the new method. Because of the intensity and amount of water that shoot through your pipes, there is a high risk-factor that accompanies the process.
There are specific situations in which hydrojetting is not the best choice for clearing blocked pipes. Though the method can clear some tree root infiltration, it the roots have damaged your pipes severely you should not use hydrojetting. It could damage the pipes further and even cause rocks, soil, or other materials to enter your pipe. Make sure your plumber thoroughly inspects and understands the situation before they begin the process. They should also check the pipes after they are finished hydrojetting to make sure the method was effective and did not cause further damage.