Dealing with clogged sewer lines or slow-moving drains can be an overwhelming experience for many homeowners, especially when you have tried other pipe-cleaning methods. Small debris or particles washed down the drain could get stuck somewhere along your drainage pipes. As more particles flow down the sewer line, they could also get stuck, accumulating to massive lumps and blocking the free flow of water. 


If this is not quickly addressed, it could lead to very unpleasant results, such as a terrible smell, spillage of water, and in the worst case, sewer backup. Thankfully, hydro jetting is super effective and will likely unclog any clogged pipe or blocked drain.


What is Hydro Jetting and What Makes it Better?


Hydro jetting is a non-invasive drain-cleaning technique that uses high-pressure water to dislodge clogs of debris, roots, and other kinds of stubborn wastes from drainage pipes. Hydro jetting is highly effective because it uses strong high-pressure water up to 4,000 PSI to dislodge the debris in drain pipes.


Hydro-jetting has proven quite effective both in residential and commercial drain system cleaning projects. The most significant edge that hydro jetting has over other cleaning methods is its ability to clean out more clogs or debris. In a nutshell, if you have a clogged pipe, you should consider speaking with a sewer and drain specialist to see if hydro jetting is right for you.


Advantages of Hydro Jetting


Here are the major reasons why you should try hydro jetting if your drain line is clogged:


  1. No chemicals: Unlike many cleaning methods that use chemicals, hydro jetting only uses water to clear clogged sewer lines. Drain chemicals can damage your sewer pipes, but with hydro jetting, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals getting into your pipes. 


  1. Eco-friendly: Since hydro jetting does not involve using any chemical cleaners, it is an environmentally friendly cleaning method. Keep in mind that chemical cleaners can contaminate the environment if they are not contained.


  1. It is safe: Another edge that hydro jetting has over other drain cleaning systems is that it is unlikely to cause any damage to your pipes. However, if the pipes are old or already broken, it is advisable to have an experienced sewer and drain specialist check the pipes. After this, they will be able to determine if hydro jetting is ideal for clearing the pipes.


  1. It is cost-effective: It will take a longer time before you ever need to clean your pipes again. Also, hydro jetting helps to limit the frequency of future clogs and eliminates the need for regular repairs. Remember that clogs develop over existing ones. In the long run, it will cost you less to regularly maintain your pipes and drainage. 


  1. It is non-abrasive: Hydro jetting is a non-abrasive cleaning method; the cleaning happens right inside the pipes without digging them up. This saves you the trouble of manually searching for the exact spot of the problem. Before hydro jetting is used  for cleaning, an initial inspection is conducted to identify where the clog is located and the best technique for the cleaning process.


  1. Hydro jetting is versatile: It is safe and effective for cleaning residential drain pipes. Many people think that hydro jetting is only recommended for cleaning commercial sewer lines. However, its versatility is one of its significant advantages. Hydro jetting has been applied in cleaning many pipe types, including steel pipes, clay pipes, cement sewer lines, cast pipes, and resin-based pipelines. 


The Hydro Jet Cleaning Process


The first stage in a hydro jetting procedure is a camera inspection. A special high-quality camera is passed into the pipes to ascertain the exact spot where the clogs are. This initial inspection also helps the sewer and drain specialist to determine if it is safe to use hydro jetting to clean the pipes. This is because the high-pressure water isn’t safe for old or broken pipes. Again, the inspection can also tell whether the best solution is to replace the sewer lines. 


The sewer and drain specialist uses a small nozzle with more forward force to dislodge debris, such as tree roots and grease. Then, they could switch to a nozzle with a broader spray to clean out larger intrusions. Some nozzles are best for navigating around cornered pipes, and others are best for descaling the sides of pipes. The pressurized water gushes out of the nozzles and splashes through the debris, dislodging every bit of debris as it flows through.


At NW Sewer & Drain, we use a hydro jetting machine with a diesel engine and high-pressure hose. This hose has different interchangeable nozzles for varying levels of cleaning. Inside the pipes, the nozzles shoot pressurized water pushing out clogs and cleaning the walls of the pipe. We typically start from the lower end of the drainage system and hydro jet up toward the building. 


Hydro jets usually wash debris back in the direction it came from, meaning that as the clogs are dislodged, they will flow into larger pipes toward the city instead of rushing back toward your building. 


Contact a Sewer and Drain Specialist Today


If you have noticed a chronic, stubborn clog in your pipes, you should get an experienced sewer and drain specialist to hydro jet your sewer line. This technique is more effective and preferable to snaking. Ideally, you should hydro jet your commercial or residential drain pipes at least once every six months. Once a year is okay, too, but that depends on the volume of work that the sewer line does. 


Large residential buildings, hotels, and restaurants need to hydro jet their drainpipes once in six months to avoid blockages. Blockages can be more expensive to clean, depending on the amount of work required to clean them out.


At N.W. Sewer & Drain, we service residential and commercial properties in the Greater Seattle area as well as Western Washington outlying cities such as: Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Renton, Lake Forest Park, Bremerton,  Mountlake Terrace, Auburn, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Marysville, Everett, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Bellingham, Anacortes, Edmonds, Arlington and Bothell. Our hydro jetting solution is highly effective in clearing sewer and drain lines of all kinds of debris and clogs. Contact us today at 206-931-7728 to schedule an inspection of your pipes.


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