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Hydro Jetting: Everything You Need to Know

If you have experienced a repeated blockage in your property’s sewage system or commercial plumbing installations, you might want to consider hiring a professional sewer and drain specialist experienced in hydro jetting. Recurring tough clogs and slow drains can be very frustrating. If not cleared on time, these blockages could lead to sewer backups and cause costly damage from a sewage backup into your home. Hydro jetting is often the smartest and most effective solution for removing debris from slow-moving and clogged drain lines, for example, root intrusion, soft blockage (toilet paper and sewage debris) and grease buildup.

Many homeowners and residents have been asking about hydro jetting recently, and we thought it would be of tremendous help to throw more light on the topic. In this post, we discuss hydro jetting in-depth, touching on important aspects like when you need to consider hydro jetting as a solution, the risks involved, what to consider when looking to hire a sewer and drain specialist, and the cost of hydro jetting. Read on to learn more.

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What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is a modern and very effective technique used to clear slow-moving drains and clogged sewage lines. Many sewer and drain specialists turn to hydro jetting mainly because it is highly effective in clearing sewage blockages. It is highly effective for both commercial and residential buildings. Hydro jetting uses a high-pressure, powerful diesel engine that shoots a stream of water at a very high pressure washer (usually up to 4000 psi) to remove hard and stubborn blockages.

Essentially, the stream of high-pressure water is the significant difference between hydro jetting and other sewage clearing techniques. To make the process even more effective, our sewer and drain specialists at NW Sewer & Drain will typically use a specialized sewer inspection camera that is pushed down the pipe to provide a view of the inside of your sewer line. This allows our technicians to see inside your pipes and identify problematic areas and effectively target areas that need to be hydro-jetted. For example, we can use the camera to position the hydro jet tip directly at the areas that have roots or other problems. The camera allows our technicians to place the tip of the high pressure stream of water directly at the areas of the clogged pipe that need to be hydro-jetted.


Who Needs Hydro Jetting?

If you have a seriously problematic sewer system where clogs keep recurring, you should consult with a sewer and drain specialist who would evaluate and determine if hydro jetting is the right option. Stubborn clogs and blockages that refuse to flow down with standards like a drain snake or preventative maintenance are perfect situations where a hydro jetting service is needed.

 Hydro Jetting pipes

However, hydro jetting works well for just about any kind or degree of a sewer blockage, whether it is a serious accumulation (heavy grease and sludge buildup), massive root intrusion, silt, or dirt. Also, hydro jetting is ideal for both residential and commercial properties. Having an experienced sewer and drain specialist handle the task will get the obstructions out and get your slow drains flowing again.

Note, knowing the condition of your sewer line is going to be the best proactive approach to preventing emergency backups. However, if you find yourself with a backed up sewer line, you will need to contact a sewer and drain specialist right away. At NW Sewer & Drain we start by assessing the situation over the phone and will provide you with the best options to help get your sewer line flowing again, and how to prevent future clogs.


Signs You Need Hydro Jetting

Here are some more indicators or signs that you may need hydro jetting to clear up clogs and free up flow in your sewer line:

  • Your drains are slow draining, not draining or overflowing.
  • When your home’s piping system starts making gurgling sounds.
  • If your home drainage pipes are old; they are much more likely to become clogged.
  • When scopes/camera inspection indicates problems inside your sewer line. For example, root intrusion, grease, rocks, sand and soft blockage.
  • You may notice the water level in your toilet rising or falling for inexplicable reasons.
  • When water flowing through one drain line causes gurgling in another household drain.

How Does Hydro Jetting Work?

Hydro jetting procedures typically begin with a preliminary inspection of your pipes. Therefore, we will first do a video camera inspection of the sewer line by inserting a camera into it. This helps us determine the condition of the sewer line and look for any problematic areas inside the pipes. The hydro jet tip of the hose is then placed inside the sewer line directly at the area to be jetted, the high pressure water is turned on, and the pumping begins. The water pumping machine aka the hydro jet is designed to shoot about 18 gallons of water per minute or up to 4000 psi.

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The injected water pressure will eventually force the debris, grease, roots, and any other material blocking the pipes to flow down the drain into the sewer system. The procedure and equipment employed may vary slightly depending on the nature of the blockage in your main sewer line. In any case, the hose is fed into the pipe or drain line, and pressurized water is used to clear the tough clog.

At NW Sewer & Drain , we use a hydro jetting machine with a diesel engine and high-pressure hose with our plumbing service. This hose has different interchangeable nozzles from which the water is let out. The nozzles shoot pressurized water cutting off the roots, pushing out clogs and cleaning the walls of the sewer pipe.

Step 1: The Drain Specialists Inspects Your System and Locates Blockages.

When a drain specialist is called in, they may start by performing a video inspection to identify major blockages and areas of heavy buildup. They’ll also inspect the pipes to see if they can withstand hydro jetting. If not, then the pipes need to be replaced with more resistant ones.

If you don’t have pipes that are suited for hydro jetting then the drain specialist will either use a plumbing snake on your pipes (a less intense option) or use an auger to break up any tree roots that have gone close to your plumbing. If your drain specialist determines hydro jetting is not safe considering the condition of your pipes, you may want to consider completely changing out your pipes if you are dealing with frequent clogs and drainage issues.

Step 2: High Pressure Water Clears Out the Clogged Pipes.

A drain specialist will first find access points on your pipeline. Once they’ve found them, they will drop hoses inside, connect them to a hydro jetting machine and turn it on. This machine works by pressurizing the water with up to 35,000 psi; however, the sewer and drain specialist will adjust the pressure depending on needs.

As the water runs, the hose moves through the sewer system, removing buildup and heavy clogs. As the hydro jet loosens debris from the pipe wall, it travels downward due to gravity and is safely flushed out of the home’s drainage system.

What Can Hydro Jetting Remove?

Hydro jetting can remove a wide variety of debris in pipes, including:

  • Root Intrusion-roots that have grown inside your sewer lines.
  • Soft Blockage-large amounts of toilet paper and other debris.
  • Debris-sand and rock (usually from a hole or open line in the pipe).
  • Grease and fat deposits.
  • Clogged drain and accumulated blockage, in general.
  • Mineral scale buildup.
  • Hair clogs
  • Food deposits

Hydro jetting is the most effective method for clearing clogs and blockages in your drainage system. It can easily remove silt, sand, tree roots and hair clogs that stick to the walls of the pipes. We can even remove tree roots. In residential properties and places like hotels and restaurants, where there’s heavy use of sink and drainage system, it is ideal to do hydro jetting as often as possible to prevent potential clogging or buildup of grease and debris in the plumbing pipes.

Compared to an alternative cleaning method like snaking/rootering/cabling, hydro jetting cleans more efficiently and effectively. For example, the high pressure water reaches all the way out to the pipe sidewalls. We use a camera in conjunction with the hydro-jetter so we can effectively ensure all required areas are assessed and treated. Snaking/rootering/cabling may not reach the full pipe diameter of the sewer line leaving areas of the pipe untouched.

Besides, sewer jetting is an environmentally friendly sewer drain cleaning service option that leaves no punitive chemicals in the system.

Risks of Hydro Jetting

Rooter vs Hydrojet


The main risk in a hydro jetting solution is using it in a situation where it is not fit. Hydro jetting requires experience and expertise; it is not a procedure you want an amateur to handle in your home. Before hydro jetting is used, an inspection is first done to evaluate the situation, meaning that it may not be suitable for certain situations.

We highly recommend that property managers and homeowners consult with a reputable and experienced sewer and drain specialist. An initial assessment of the situation of the pipes will reveal if a hydro jetting solution should be used. You do not want anyone to come and start experimenting with your plumbing system.


Next steps?

We highly recommend that you research potential contractors before you hire. You need to make sure the contractor has a good, fair reputation and the experience to help you solve the problems. They should be licensed, bonded and insured. We highly recommend searching reviews. Quality and price vary wildly in this industry. Your contractor should have at least 10 years experience in the sewer and drain business. I recommend making sure the contractor offers a full range of sewer services like sewer camera scoping, high pressure Jetting (4,000 PSI at 18 gallons per minute is recommended for good and very effective on 3′-6′ lines). Your contractor should offer other services to help you renew your line if needed. They should offer spot repairs, clean out installation, trenchless solutions like Trenchless Pipe Bursting and CIPP

The equipment we use is very dangerous if not used properly. This is definitely not a DIY project, our hydro jet drain cleaning equipment is specialized and not available at rental facilities.

Is Hydro Jetting Safe for the pipes?

Over the past 20 years we have learned the most effective ways to minimize risk and increase effectiveness in servicing sewer lines. We are able to restore flow and remove debris over 95% of the time. We do this by using hydro jetting along with our sewer camera. The camera allows to focus the power of the jetter only on the problem areas. The camera also shows us thin areas that should not be jetted or that need repaired. Sometimes the pipes are just too far gone and repairs or updating must be done.

Most of the hydro jetting we do here at NW Sewer & Drain involves older buildings with old worn out pipes. The pipes themselves are mostly the ultimate cause of the problems. For example, roots don’t grow inside a pipe that doesn’t have gaps or holes. Roots instead grow through holes and gaps in old worn out sewer lines. The way to eliminate risk is to update the worn pipes. Luckily, there are newer ways to accomplish this. I suggest researching trenchless pipe lining and trenchless pipe bursting.

Hydro jetting over and over each time the roots grow back gets costly. I always recommend looking at all options including updating the lines. This is how we avoid the costs and risks associated with old/ worn out sewer lines.

Ultimately there is always some risk in servicing any old sewer line. This includes jetting or rooter service.

The way to reduce risk is to update the lines.

Yes, hydro jetting is safe for use in homes as much as it is in commercial facilities. The procedure may vary slightly, but the equipment and technique employed are essentially the same. Even in emergencies, hydro jetting can be used, but care must be taken to ensure safe and clean evacuation of clogs in the system without causing distress to the inhabitants of the building.

Hydro Jetting VS Snaking a Drain, What’s the Difference?

Hydro jetting is more effective at cleaning pipes and removing clogs than drain snaking. It flushes your entire plumbing system using only water, which saves you time and money as well.

When you snake a pipe, it helps burst clogs and cleans out debris that have collected in the pipes. It doesn’t reach the walls of your plumbing pipes, so you can’t use this method if there’s some particular piece of stubborn gunk that won’t go. But snaking is often preferred for older homes or houses with weakened plumbing because it ‘s less invasive.

Risks of Delaying

To prevent a sewer backup , it is best to attend to clogs and debris stuck in your plumbing system as quickly as possible. At first, you may notice slow draining water from the bath, sink or storm drain. Sometimes a foul, sewer gas smell results from clogged or partially clogged lines. This gradually or may even quickly progress to a total clog.

You do not want to experience a sewage backup into your home. This happens when a clog in the line prevents sewer from exiting out to the city sewer. Instead, sewage can overflow and saturate your floors, carpet, drywall, etc. You also run the risk of having your furniture, appliances, and other home items damaged. This is besides the fact that situations like this are a perfect opportunity for bacteria and other types of germs to grow and spread within your living space, which may lead to diseases. Pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, and termites may begin to infest your home, possibly spreading diseases, too.

Again, delaying taking action when there’s a clog in your home’s drainage system can cause sewage backup. This is the worst of all cases, and probably one of the worst things you can ever hope to experience in your home. Due to the obstruction, the water will begin to travel back through your pipes and back into your home. Some of the major causes of sewer backup are clogged pipes and tree roots growing in sewer lines. One of the ways to ensure this doesn’t happen is to have your sewer line inspected especially if it is an older home.

More Reasons Why You Should Consider Hydro Jetting

Hydo Jetting

We have established that hydro jetting is highly effective. Here are other benefits of using hydro jetting to clear the clogs in your drain pipes:

It is Eco-friendly

Unlike other pipe cleaning options, hydro jetting procedures do not rely on chemical-based cleaners. These chemicals are harmful to the environment and are considered not to be eco-friendly. Aside from being so effective, one of the most significant benefits of hydro jetting is that it is eco-friendly. It stands out because it uses water to clean the back-up in drainage pipes.

It is versatile

Hydro jetting is applicable in many different environments and situations. It is not only suitable for residential cleaning but also helpful in servicing commercial drainage issues. So if you’re considering hiring a sewer and drain specialist to clean your pipes, you might as well look out for a contractor that can handle hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is usually the most effective storm drain cleaning method.

Tips to Prevent Drain Clogs and Sewer Backup

Now that you understand what hydro jetting is, how it works, and when a hydro jetting solution is suitable, let’s consider some tips that can help you prevent drain clogs and sewer backup in your home or commercial property.

Consider updating your old sewer line, especially if it is over 50 years old.

  • Consider getting a sink strainer to help you keep out unwanted stuff that may go into the drain.
  • Limit use of garbage disposal. Disposers often lead to clogged kitchen sink lines.
  • Avoid disposing of things like fats, oils, vegetables, coffee grounds, or grains in the sink. Instead, use a garbage can or compost when applicable.
  • Try not to use chemical drain pipe cleaners, as they could gradually start damaging the pipes.
  • Flushable bathroom wipes should never be thrown into the toilet.
  • Diapers, pads, and other hygiene products should never be thrown down the toilet.
  • Consider using a hair catcher in your showers and bathtubs.
  • Consider installing floating backflow drain plugs in open floor drains
  • Avoid throwing food items down the drain, even if you have sliced them up into bits.
  • If you have kids, educate them on what should and should not be thrown into the sink, toilet, and bathtub.
  • Make it a regular practice to inspect your drain pipes and sewer line, at least every three to five years to remove clogs that might have accumulated over time.
  • Pay attention to any abnormal sign, such as smells and gurgling sounds in your drain pipes and toilet.
  • Always have a sewer inspection before purchasing a new home.

The Cost of Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting prices differ tremendously. Hydro jetting equipment varies from a small electric powered jet all the way up to tow behind, industrial, turbocharged diesel powered units. The results also vary tremendously.

Many of our customers have paid other contractors for ineffective jetting service. We are able to remove roots and debris where others failed. This is because our hydro jet has 4,000 PSI at 18GPM. It is very powerful. It will easily cut through a wood 2’X4′ . Under powered jetting equipment is often not effective.

I tell customers that the right equipment and the technician’s experience is more important than the cost.

During your discussion with the sewer and drain company make sure you receive a before and after video.

Hydro jetting prices may vary from as low as 300.00 on up to 1,500+. Hydro jetting service usually includes up to 2 hours of service and complicated jobs can cost more.

How to Hire the Right Sewer and Drain Company

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If you’re considering hiring a sewer and drain specialist to carry out a hydro jetting project, you want to be sure that you are consulting the right company. There are general tips that you can follow to ensure you land the right company.

To begin with, you want to ensure that the company is licensed and can show proof of insurance. If your state requires that contractors carry a license, make it a priority to find out whether the company you’re hiring is licensed, bonded and insured. Again, confirm that the company has executed similar hydro jetting projects in the past. If possible, ask to see their project portfolio.

When it comes to negotiations, be explicit about your budget and determine how the company charges and if they can work with your budget. However, it would help if you considered reviewing your budget for the project depending on the complexity of the work.

Since hydro jetting is a special procedure, you should also find out the company’s procedures. It is important that they do an initial inspection of the pipes to ascertain the extent of the damage, and most importantly, determine if a hydro jetting solution is ideal for that situation.

It is highly recommended that you get a before and after video of your sewer line before and after hydro jetting.

Commercial Hydro Jetting

If you require hydro jetting services in bigger establishments like hotels and restaurants, you should be looking to spend more, as more work and time will be required to assess and service the waste lines. The cost of hydro jetting services varies for commercial properties, depending on the severity of the blockage. If you need to carry out a sewer line replacement, also expect to spend more. Again, it’s best to call for pricing/estimate, which typically follows after a preliminary inspection.

Snaking your sewer line is a cheaper option, but for severe system clogs, you should consider investing in hydro jetting, which is a more thorough and effective cleaning solution. To get the best price, you may need to speak with a couple more sewer and drain specialists and compare the pricing. However, you want to make sure that the sewer and drain service you choose is trusted and reliable. As mentioned earlier, it is best to have an experienced contractor handle your hydro jetting project.

At N.W. Sewer & Drain, we believe in providing all of our commercial customers with viable drain cleaning solutions that keep their pipes running throughout the year. The most reliable method of drain cleaning that we offer our commercial customers is hydro jetting. We service commercial properties in North Seattle and West Seattle including, but not limited to restaurants, cafes, indoor and outdoor shopping malls, gas stations, sports facilities, office buildings, industrial warehouses, movie theatres, hotels, and grocery stores. Our team is well-versed in commercial pipe systems, and we will always arrive at your property ready to restore your commercial pipes.

Types of Commercial Pipe Clogs in Seattle, WA

Our team understands that most commercial properties serve large amounts of people and often have more intricate systems that can experience problems at any moment. With your commercial pipes working 24 ⁄ 7 to flow water into your structure and allow waste to safely flow away from your structure, it is important that you seek professional assistance when experiencing pipe problems. There are many reasons your commercial pipes could need a thorough drain cleaning. The most common types of commercial pipe clogs include grease and oil buildup, tree root invasion, calcified minerals and debris, and excess amounts of hygiene products being flushed down your slow drains.

Since it can be hard to tell what type of clog your pipes are experiencing, it is important to be able to recognize the signs that indicate if they need cleaning including slow flushing drains, clogged pipes, sewer backup, low water pressure, and completely blocked pipes. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is time to call your local pipe professionals at N.W. Sewer & Drain to clear your pipes with speed and efficiency.

Commercial Hydro Jetting Services

As a top-of-the-line drain cleaning service, commercial hydro jetting is a lasting solution to your drain problems. Hydro jetting is a service that can be conducted on the interior or exterior of your property using a single access point. Hydro jetting is reliable due to the sewer camera inspection that we will conduct before your drain cleaning to ensure we are tackling the direct source of the problem. Through the access point, our team will insert a hose with a special multi-directional nozzle into your pipes. Once the hose is properly in place, we will release high-pressure water into your pipe. The water will spray in all directions flushing all debris, buildup, clogs, and blockages from your system. Our team controls the pressure of the water which is powerful enough to remove calcified clogs and tree roots, but not powerful enough to damage your pipes. When the cleaning is complete, we will remove the hose and your commercial pipes will be ready for immediate use.

Work with the Best Pipe Experts in the Greater Seattle Area

Our team is composed of expert industry professionals who work hard to make sure you never lose business due to pipe problems. Hydro jetting services can be used throughout the year to ensure your pipes stay free of problems allowing your business to function at full potential. All of the services we offer at N.W. Sewer & Drain are affordable, eco-friendly, and efficient.

Residential Hydro Jetting

Our team at N.W. Sewer & Drain works tirelessly to provide residential properties in North Seattle and West Seattle with drain cleaning services they can count on. Drain cleaning services are highly-important because they allow us to effectively clear your sewer and drain pipes of problems as well as prepare your pipes if they need repair. Our most reliable method of drain cleaning is hydro jetting which is a trenchless drain cleaning service that can be conducted on the interior or exterior of your home. At N.W. Sewer & Drain, our hydro jetting services are extremely precise and fast allowing your residential pipes to be restored in a timely manner.

Common Residential Pipe Problems in Seattle ,WA

We understand that your residential pipes allow you to conduct everyday tasks from taking a shower to watering your landscape. The everyday use of your pipes makes them more susceptible to problems that can disrupt your daily life. Common residential pipe problems include sewer backup, clogged toilets, clogged garbage disposals, backed up shower drains, slow flushing sinks and bathtubs, interior or exterior flooding, and low water pressure. While these problems may seem like services that can be solved with a do-it-yourself method of drain cleaning, they are problems that are best taken care of by your North Seattle and West Seattle pipe professionals at N.W Sewer & Drain.

Residential Pipe Cleaning Services

Hydro jetting is an industry leading drain cleaning service that requires access to a single access point on the interior or exterior of your property. Once the access to your troublesome pipe is established, we will inspect your pipe with a high-definition camera to identify the source of the clog and its location within your pipe. We will then insert a hose with a special multi-directional nozzle into your pipe. When the hose is securely in place, we will release high-pressure water into pipe, spraying from the nozzle in all cardinal directions. As the hose moves through your pipe, it will remove all debris, buildup, scale, clogs, stoppages, and blockages. After the hydro jetting process is complete, your pipes will be in pristine condition and ready for use.

Why You Should Maintain Your Pipes with Hydro Jetting

At N.W. Sewer & Drain, we want to provide residential customers with drain cleaning services they can rely on throughout the year. Scheduling regular hydro jetting services with our team will help maintain the health of your pipe in addition to extending their lifespan. We service residential properties including apartments, condominiums, modular homes, mobile homes, manufactured homes, second homes, townhomes, and more. Keep your pipes clear of pipe problems with hydro jetting.

At NW Sewer & Drain, we are committed to helping all our clients with their sewer related needs. We primarily 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. For nearly 20 years, we have maintained top-notch drain cleaning services.

Our hydro jetting solution is highly effective in clearing sewer and drain lines of all kinds of debris and clogs. We are not only reliable but also affordable. Are you looking for an affordable and reliable hydro jetting service? Contact us today at 206-931-7728 to schedule an inspection of your sewer lines.


At NW Sewer & Drain, we are committed to helping all our clients with their sewer related needs.  We primarily 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.  For nearly  20 years, we have maintained top-notch drain cleaning services.


Our hydro jetting solution is highly effective in clearing sewer and drain lines of all kinds of debris and clogs. We are not only reliable but also affordable. Are you looking for an affordable and reliable hydro jetting service? Contact us today at 206-931-7728 to schedule an inspection of your sewer lines.


Our team of experienced professionals can provide you with a variety of pipe inspection, cleaning, repair, and replacement services that can maintain, rehabilitate, and restore your pipes to their proper function.

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