After a long day at work, the last thing you feel like dealing with at night is a clogged drain. A clog isn’t convenient in the morning when you’re trying to get ready for your day, either. In fact, a clog is never convenient. Neither is sewage backing up into your bathroom or rotten food coming up from your sink drain. Before you reach for harmful liquid chemicals and damage your pipes, consider calling a professional.
Many clogs call for more than a shot of liquid drain cleaner or a plumber’s snake. When water is backing up into the bathtub or toilet or your drain is repeatedly clogging, it’s time for a long-term drain-cleaning solution. Snaking the drain is great for removing small objects or pieces of food that are causing clogs, but sometimes the issue is more complex. This is especially true if the drain has clogged more than once recently.
Hydro jetting is a powerful drain cleaning technique that involves spraying up to 4,000 psi of water through the pipeline. The water blasts through anything in its path, clearing clogs and leaving the pipes sparkling clean inside. Tree-root infiltration, grease buildup, and large clumps of hair or sludge are no match for hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is powerful enough to cut through even the toughest build up without damaging the inside lining of the pipes, making it an excellent solution for most property owners.
When you call a plumbing company for a drainage issue, a licensed technician will perform a pipe inspection with a high resolution camera before recommending hydro jetting. The inspection will give the technician a thorough picture of what is causing the drainage issue and allow them to perform the proper repairs. If hydro jetting is the chosen drain cleaning method, the technician will be able to control the rate and flow of water through the pipes, taking care to use only what is needed to loosen and clear the clog.
During hydro jetting, a technician utilizes an existing opening, called a cleanout, to access the pipeline for both the inspection and the repair. First, a hose attached to a water tank is inserted into the cleanout. The hose has a pressurized nozzle on it, which the technician can control. Once the hose is inserted, it is turned on and the water streams through the pipes, breaking up buildup and providing a comprehensive repair and simultaneous cleaning.
Hydro jetting is the ideal drain cleaning solution for many drainage issues, but it is not appropriate when a pipe is broken or damaged. The pipe inspection will allow the technician to see if the pipeline is strong enough to endure hydro jetting and determine the most appropriate method of repair.
The good news is you don’t have to be the person standing over a clogged drain at an inconvenient time. Performing regular check-ups and preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your pipes draining well and in great condition. Sometimes, preventative maintenance involves hydro jetting, which can clear sticky residue and grease buildup before it becomes a serious issue. Scheduling a routine inspection will let you look inside your pipeline and decide if hydro jetting is right for you.
Freedom Plumbers specializes in expert trenchless sewer repair, both residential and commercial, including inspections, sewer lining, leak detection, snaking and plumbing. We serve the entire Washington DC, Baltimore Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas.