If your sinks or toilets are consistently clogging, you’ve probably tried a lot of different solutions. To start with, you may have tried to unclog the drain yourself with a plunger and home remedy such as vinegar and baking soda. Then you might have tried an over-the-counter drain cleaning liquid before finally realizing that you need the help of a plumber.
Plumbers have various methods for removing clogs, and the most common one they try first is usually a snake. But if this seems to be an ongoing issue, they’ll probably use hydrojetting to get the job done.
How does hydrojet plumbing work?
Hydrojetting is a plumbing process that uses a high-pressure water system that blasts the insides of the pipes. This process is the most powerful for quickly removing buildup and grease. It’s more powerful than other methods because it cleans the entire pipe interior rather than just the parts their tools can reach.
To use this method, a plumber will first connect a hose to a high-pressure water tank, and then insert a hose into the cleanout. This access point should allow the water to infiltrate all the pipes, blasting away any gunk that’s lurking inside.
Is hydrojet plumbing safe for my pipes?
In almost every situation, hydrojet plumbing can be the answer to your plumbing problems. It safely blasts away hair, grease, scale, debris, and most other blockages. However, if the problem with your plumbing is tree roots, then hydrojet plumbing/pipe cleaning is not the answer. In fact, it’s possible it could make it worse by enlarging cracks and openings already caused by the roots. It also may not be the safest choice for some older plumbing, where the power of the water can damage already-compromised corroded metal. A good plumber will know this and will perform a thorough inspection before he or she begins the process.
Hydrojet vs. plumbing snake
A plumbing snake is a great tool for removing hair clogs and other debris that can get caught in drains. But many clogs happen because of greasy buildup or scaling inside the pipes. So, in these cases, pulling the item out may be a fairly temporary solution. If buildup and grease still line the pipes, they will continue to grab onto anything that passes through them, causing clogs time and time again. And that’s where hydrojet plumbing comes in.
Since hydrojetting removes all the buildup from the pipe walls, it helps water and debris flow through them more easily. And this may be a more long-term fix. The other advantage of hydrojet plumbing is that the smaller nozzles typically used can clean out small pipes and p-traps much easier than snakes can. Snakes often leave debris hanging out in the bottom of curved pipes, making them prone to clogging again. Hydrojetting, on the other hand, blasts them out.
Keeping your pipes clean after hydrojetting
Even after thoroughly blasting your pipes clean, you could eventually run the risk of having the same clogging issues again. There are several reasons for this, but the most common is probably what you are putting down the drain. Some things you should never pour down the drain include oil, grease, bones, bone fragments, fibrous foods, coffee grounds, egg shells, and flour.
For bathrooms, it’s a good idea to use hair-catchers in the bathtub drain. And also, be mindful of the products you’re using in the shower. For example, some products contain a lot of oil or conditioning agents that can build up inside your pipes.
However, if food or oil does accidentally slip down the drain, leave very hot water running in your sink or tub for several minutes. It also doesn’t hurt to occasionally pour a cup of vinegar down the drain, followed by hot, or even boiling water.