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Hydro Jetting: Sometimes You Just Need to Call a Professional


You’ve tried pouring a drain solution down; you’ve even tried pushing a snake through. But sometimes, no matter what you do, one of your drains continues to clog.

When that’s the case, it may be time to consider hydro jetting. As one of the most thorough methods to clean plumbing pipes, hydro jetting can tackle even the most stubborn clogged drains. Here’s everything you should know about hydro jetting, including when you need a plumber to perform the service.

The Basics of Hydro Jetting

Like a pressure washer, a hydro jet expels a high-pressure stream of water to clean debris found inside plumbing pipes. From scale to grease, hydro jetting blasts away anything that has accumulated on the pipe walls.

Unlike rodding or drain snakes – other methods used for cleaning pipe buildup – hydro jetting completes a thorough cleaning job. By providing a superior clean, the process eliminates the risk of clogs in the future.

When You Need Hydro Jetting

There are plenty of warning signs to look for regarding drain problems. They include slow draining pipes, noisy drain pipes, pungent smells from sinks, and water bill increases.

Homes with older pipes are more susceptible to drainage problems. Most metal pipes have a lifetime of up to 80 years, whereas PVC pipes often need replacing at the 25-30 year mark.

Why You Should Hire a Plumber to Complete Hydro Jetting

The number one reason to hire a plumber to complete hydro jetting is to ensure your clog is gone for good. Hydro jetting is effective for removing even the most stubborn clogs – when it’s done right. The powerful blast of water helps completely open the line and scours the inside of the pipe clean.

Since purchasing your own hydro-jetting equipment is expensive, hiring a professional is your best option. Various shapes and sizes of nozzles can be used, and a plumber is best qualified to determine which one’s best for your needs. Although the process is more expensive than regular drain cleaning services, the long-term results are better and more cost-effective.

Without the proper knowledge, hydro jetting can cause further damage in some situations. Usually, a plumber uses a specialized high-definition camera to visually inspect the inside of your pipes before they attempt hydro jetting. That way, they know if anything is penetrating your pipes – such as tree roots – that could create more damage if hydro jetting is used. Besides potentially causing pipe damage, improperly using hydro jetting can cause physical harm to yourself, too.

Since the process uses water only, hydro jetting is an environmentally friendly solution to clogged pipes. Traditional methods using chemicals create environmental waste, whereas hydro jetting’s by-product – water – can even be reused for other purposes. Hydro jetting is even suitable for homes or buildings located close to a water source.

The team of qualified, licensed plumbers at A. McKenna Plumbing Ltd. performs hydro jetting as part of our extensive service offerings. To learn more about this process for unclogging your drains for good, contact us today.