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Stephen Plumbing

December 10, 2015

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Hydro Jetting FAQs and Answers

With 30 years of plumbing experience in Orange County and the South Bay, we strive to be a great resource for all of your plumbing questions. Since hydro jetting is a relatively new drain cleaning service, we get a lot of questions from our customers about how it works and whether they’ll need the service. To help you understand hydro jetting a little better, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is hydro jetting?

Hydro jetting is a method of drain cleaning or sewer cleaning that is used to eliminate serious clogs. Hydro jetting involves high-pressured water and is always performed by a professional plumber for safety and quality reasons. While it was invented in the 1950s, hydro jetting has become more popular in recent years thanks to improved technology and an increase in training.

How does hydro jetting work?

A plumber uses a hydro jet—which is made up of a water tank, a pressurizing system, and a hose with a specialized nozzle—to clear buildup within a drain or sewer. Your plumber will insert the hose into your pipes through the cleanout. Then, once the hydro jet is turned on, it will force high-pressured water through the drain, clearing out any grease, minerals, hair, or other buildup in its way. Hydro jetting can actually remove tree roots and other large clogs that may be causing problems.

When would I need hydro jetting?

If your sink, shower, toilet, or other fixtures have been draining slowly, this could indicate a larger problem within your pipes. Typically, if multiple drains are clogged or backed up or you have recurring drain problems, it’s a good indication that you could benefit from hydro jetting.

What’s the difference between snake drain cleaning and hydro jetting?

Snake drain cleaning involves a long metal or plastic cable with small blades on it. This tool, called an auger, is typically used by hand when a clog is located close to the drain. You or a plumber can perform a snake drain cleaning, which will help you pull the cause of the clog out of the drain.

Hydro jetting, on the other hand, involves water under high pressure. As opposed to snake drain cleaning, hydro jetting is only performed by a plumber for safety reasons. Hydro jetting is more effective for larger clogs or persistent issues. Because hydro jetting affects all of your pipes, rather than just one drain, it’s more effective at treating larger issues. Hydro jetting also offers a permanent fix, rather than a temporary one.

What are the benefits of hydro jetting?

Because of the high pressure, hydro jetting allows for the fast, efficient removal of clogs. Additionally, hydro jetting can be used to clear large clogs and tree roots that may be blocking the flow of a pipe. Hydro jetting also clears out grease, minerals, hair, and other buildup—leaving your pipes clean and less susceptible to future clogs.

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