No one likes a blocked drain. Regardless of whether it’s a shower drain or the sewer line drain, a blockage presents a multitude of problems that you need to deal with. If you have a particularly stubborn blockage, your plumber might recommend hydro jet drain cleaning. Compared to a plunger or an electric drain snake, a hydro jet is more costly. So is hydro jetting worth it?
What is Hydro Jet Drain Cleaning?
Hydro jet drain cleaning uses high pressure water to clear blockages from your drain. Shooting out in all directions at 1500 – 5000 psi in your pipe, a hydro jet can clear a blockage up to 100 metres away. Grease, scum and buildup are no match for hydro jet drain cleaning.
Before getting ahead of ourselves, we like to assess your drain with a CCTV drain camera. This helps us locate and identify the blockage, and also allows us to show it to you! A drain camera also allows us to inspect the condition of your drain and pipes, and whether hydro jetting is suitable.
The hydro jet’s specialised nozzle sprays water out in different directions, scouring the pipe free of buildup and obstructions. Gravity then works to pull this water and the debris it has dislodged down and out.
How Effective is Hydro Jetting?
Hydro jetting is one of the most effective drain cleaning methods. Unlike the electric drain snake, hydro jetting not only blasts through the blockage but also clears it away!
Depending on the condition of your pipes and the type of blockage, we can also alter the water pressure to best suit your situation. This makes hydro jetting one of the safest and most effective drain cleaning methods.
On top of clearing your blockage, hydro jetting will also leave your pipes cleaner than before the blockage. This means any additional soap and scum that has built up is cleared away and your pipes drain better and even smell better! While an electric drain snake might dislodge a blockage, it won’t do anything to help flush it away or clean away other buildups. This means a hydro jet will not only offer you an immediate solution to your blocked drain, but also a long term solution by cleaning your pipes as well.
In combination with a drain camera, the hydro jet can be extremely accurate as well. With a qualified plumber on site and the customisability of nozzles and water pressure, blockages can be blasted away with ease and precision with a hydro jet.
To top it all off, the effects of hydro jetting are longer lasting than all other drain cleaning methods. While it might cost you more upfront for drain jetting, you won’t need to do it as frequently. Over time, this can be more friendly on your wallet.
Does Hydro Jetting Work on Roots?
Over time tree roots can find their way into your pipes. They entangle themselves with each other and can create seriously blocked drains if not attended to promptly. Not only can tree roots block your drain, but in severe cases they can even cause major damage to your pipes!
Luckily for you, the hydro jet can clear out almost any kind of blockage. And yes, this includes tree roots!
Can Hydro Jetting Damage Pipes?
When used in the wrong hands, almost all drain cleaning methods can damage pipes. The same can be said for hydro jet drain cleaning. That said, hydro jetting is still one of the safest options.
While a store bought chemical drain cleaner might clear your blockage in the immediate time frame, in the long term these won’t do anything to help prevent blockages from reoccurring. Too much of a good thing or using it incorrectly runs the risk of damaging your pipes, however!
The electric drain snake also runs the risk of damaging your pipes. In inexperienced hands, this tool can do some big damage to your pipes. While a licensed plumber will know how to use an electric drain snake, the hydro jet in the right hands runs even less of a risk of damaging your pipes.
With the high pressure water that comes with hydro jet drain cleaning, it’s especially important you are using a fully qualified and licensed plumber, however. Here at Jim’s Plumbing, all our plumbers are fully trained in how to use a hydro jet. Contact us for all your drain cleaning needs.