Hydro-Jetting OverView

Hydro-Jetting is often recommended when calling a plumber to tackle your clogged drains. This service is often recommended on drains with high F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease) and food scraps, such as kitchen drain lines. In addition, hydro-Jetting works excellent on restroom drain lines with urine scale or when wet wipes or paper towel has backed up the drain. But, you may be asking yourself, what is hydro jetting? And why should I jet my drain lines?

What is Hydro Jetting?

A Hydro Jetter is a machine working similarly to a power washer but operating at much higher pressures. The Jetting Machine will push up to 25 Gallons of water a minute at pressures reaching 4,000 PSI. The machine operator will push the hydro-jetting hose through the drain, spraying water 360 degrees. Like a battering ram, the pressure will remove even the toughest clogs while cleaning the pipe leaving it in like-new condition.

Benefits: Why should I Jet my drain lines?

Over the last 30 years since hydro-jetters first hit the plumbing market, they have quickly and easily matched and, in most cases, surpassed traditional drain cleaning methods. The most significant limitation of conventional cleaning methods is that they leave most of the clog behind. Chemical cleaners will leave behind most of the clog once they have created a hole to pass through. Cable Machines will only puncture a hole or break up a clog but still leave most of the debris in the line. When using a hydro-jetter on a drain line, it can blast away all of the debris and build-up clogging the pipe. Hydro-Jetters can also reach further into the plumbing system and treat the pipe’s interior surface.

Benefits of Hydro Jetting:

What are the limitations of a Hydro-Jetter?

Hydro-jetting is an excellent solution; you might even ask yourself why even bother with other drain cleaning options. However, like everything, hydro-jetting has its limitations, the biggest being weak pipes. Old cast iron pipes are the most common as they become brittle with age and cannot hold under the pressure of a jetter. When Hydro-Jetting, the plumbing technician also runs the risk of flooding out the drain onto the floor. This is commonly a concern when jetting floor sink p-traps and will be solved by cabling the p-trap before deploying the jetter hose.

Limitations of Hydro-Jetting:

Final Thoughts

Whatever the initial reason for hydro jetting, it is crucial that you hire qualified plumbers. If your plumbing system is old or cast iron, a video inspection will likely be completed before the jetting process. This will be done to confirm the pipe’s structural integrity.
Hydro-Jetting Professionals have been trained on how to use these machines. Using such high water pressure can cause a lot to go wrong, and not all hydro-jetters are made the same. Smaller, cheaper hoses cannot remove build-ups like thicker, more expensive hoses that can handle higher PSI. Just the same, not all pipes can not take the thicker hoses. A lot goes into how what, and when a hydro-jetter is used. We are proud to say that at Versa Drain, our technicians are expertly trained and have the best jetters (you won’t find another in the state like them). Our Hydro-Jetters are specialty built with multiple hose sizes and equipt with hose attachments; there is no clog too clogged for us!

Have more questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 888-267-9711 or email us at customerservice@versadrain.com.

Alexis Tompkins
Alexis Tompkins

Project Coordinator - At Versa Drain, we love to share our passion and expertise, which is why I enjoy finding time to write these articles to help you find "Your choice for the right fix."

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