What is Hydro Jetting?
Hydro jetting is a process that uses high-pressure water (up to 4000 PSI) to clean and remove debris from a variety of surfaces. It can break up and remove grease, sludge, and tree roots from sewer drainage pipes. It is a great way to clean out your drains, pipes, and sewer system. Almost any obstruction can be removed with water that has been pressured to this degree. Hydro jetting can be compared to high-pressure washing for pipes.
Hydro jetting is a safe and effective way to clean your drains and pipes, and it can also help prevent future problems from occurring. Whether dealing with clogged drains or damaged pipes, hydro jetting can get the job done quickly and effectively. This process involves inserting a hose into the affected area and applying high-pressure water to blast away any debris causing a blockage.
Water under high pressure can damage or even break frail, older pipes. Before hydro jetting, your sewer repair contractor will do a CCTV video inspection to ensure your pipe is in good condition. The contractor will also want to ensure your drainage pipe isn’t collapsed instead of clogged. If it is, no amount of hydro jetting will fix it. The pipe will need to be replaced instead.
The contractor accesses the pipe via something called a ‘cleanout.’ This is a section of pipe with a cap on it that provides easy access to your drainage system. The nozzle and hose are inserted into the pipe via the cleanout. Whenever the nozzle encounters an obstruction, the jetting system shoots pressurized water at it until it breaks up and washes away.
Only experienced contractors should hydro jet your pipes. An experienced hydro jetting contractor will know the precise water pressure necessary to break up and dislodge obstructions without damaging the pipe. This is why hydro jetting is not a DIY project.