When Is Hydro-jetting Needed?

cleaning out pipeIn most cases, you can take care of occasional minor plumbing clogs without ever calling a plumber. When your home’s plumbing system is seriously clogged up and giving you constant trouble, however, hydro jetting might be the best solution.

Signs to Watch for

Hydro jetting involves feeding a line down into the plumbing system and spraying a high-pressure jet of water to break up grime clinging to the sides of the pipes, including mineral scale, grease, and even tree roots. Whereas a rooter tool merely cuts a hole through the debris, allowing the clog to come back fast, hydro jetting removes it.

Because this method is so powerful, it’s primarily used when the plumbing system can’t be cleaned by other means. A few signs your plumbing could benefit from a hydro jet cleaning are:

  • Drains that suffer from frequently recurring clogs and nothing you or your plumber have done so far seems to solve the problem.
  • Slow-running drains. This usually shows up in the bathtubs and kitchen sinks first.
  • Drains that produce unpleasant odors that don’t go away after normal cleaning.

When Hydro Jetting Can Help

While this cleaning method works on many forms of heavy buildup, it’s not suitable for every clogged plumbing system. If you’re considering hydro jetting, work with a plumber who’s willing to perform a video pipe inspection to assess the condition of your plumbing.

If your pipes are old and fragile or damaged, a hydo jetter can cause leaks or worsen existing damage. In weak outdoor sewer lines, this can cause further clogging by letting in dirt and rocks.

For a plumbing system that’s in good condition apart from being clogged, a hydro jet cleaning is usually more economical than repeatedly calling in a plumber. After this type of cleaning, the system should stay clog-free for several years.

After the job is done, your plumber will perform another video inspection of the system to ensure everything is completely clean and running efficiently.

If you’re dealing with persistently slow drains and frequent clog, contact a plumber for guidance.