Unclogging stubborn drains, persistent plumbing blockages, debris filled water pipes and backed up sewer lines used to be a very unpleasant, expensive, iffy and risky proposition, but electronic and video camera pipe inspection technology and a new technique called hydro-jetting has made preventative maintenance and cleaning clogged drains and sewer lines a reliable, affordable and extremely effective option for all property owners.. Hydro-jetting is the application of streams of high pressure water for use within pipes for cleaning & debris removal. Water at the correct high pressure can cut roots, dissolve blockages, emulsify grease and soaps while spray washing pipe wall surfaces. As part of the hydro-jetting process, the water from the nozzle can also wash away accumulated dirt or debris on the bottom of the pipe at the same time.
Hydro-jetting is the process of using water under high pressure to scour the pipe walls clean of grease, debris, roots, sand or dirt and flush it all out and away downstream. Hydro-jetting is unique in that it is the only process that can actually clean your lines. Because of this, hydro-jetting has become the industry standard for drain cleaning, pipe cleaning and unblocking backed up sewer lines.
This is in complete contrast to running a cable or a snake in a line. A cable or snake typically punches a hole in the debris or blockage to allow flow again and usually leaves some debris behind. This debris can be and often is the starting point for debris to start accumulating all over again. It’s important to note that if grease is the cause of your clog or blockage, then Hydro-Jetting is the only reliable and proven method to unclog your drain. A standard rotary drain cleaning machine will not clean grease from any type of pipe.
Hydro-Jetting is Extremely Successful on All of the Following:
Hydro-Jetting Sanitary or Mainline Sewers – Located under streets and roads that connect building laterals to a municipal waste water treatment plant for treatment. Waste water flows freely through sewers via gravity. Sewers are connected at various intervals by manholes (maintenance access point) that in some applications will allow for a change of direction of waste water flow. Municipal sewers can range in size from pipes as small as 6 inches, increasing in diameter as more & more laterals connect to the system. Sewer blockages can form as a result of root infiltration, food grease buildup, soap residue buildup, dirt and debris accumulation. Blockages can also occur from pipe failure or collapse that will require excavation to correct. Private sanitary waste water collection systems of similar construction can be found on privately owned property connecting buildings in apartment and office complexes, universities or other large campus-type facilities that ultimately discharge into municipal waste water systems.
Hydro-Jetting Laterals – Pipes that connect building drainage systems to municipal sewers, considered to be part of the property and the responsibility of the property owner. Typically, laterals are 4″ & 6″ diameter pipes that connect directly to municipal sewer pipelines, but can be larger for commercial or industrial buildings. Lateral blockages can form as a result of root infiltration, food grease buildup, soap residue buildup, dirt and debris accumulation. Blockages can also occur from pipe failure or collapse that will require excavation to correct.
Hydro-Jetting Water Drains of all Types – Drainage pipes are located under or within buildings, considered to be part of the property and the responsibility of the property owner. Drains in buildings can range in sizes from 2″ to 6″ diameters (typically) that normally contain “Tees” or “Elbows” for waste water directional changes. Drain blockages can form as a result of food grease buildup, soap residue buildup, dirt and debris accumulation.
Hydro-Jetting Storm Drains – Pipes that are limited to the collections and control of rainwater. Rainwater can be collected and directly diverted to streams or rivers without passing through a water treatment plant. Storm drain blockages can form as a result of root infiltration, silt, dirt and debris accumulation. Blockages can also occur from pipe failure or collapse that will require excavation to correct.
Hydro-Jetting Process Pipes & Conduits – Pipes of all diameters & lengths used in manufacturing plants, chemical plants & food processing facilities that transports liquids other that sanitary waste water or rainwater. Blockages in process pipelines can be caused by many factors related to the process, each individual application occurrence will have unique factors to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Hard scale mineral buildups found inside of pipes will reduce overall pipe flow capacity. High pressure water at the correct pressure can remove any scale buildup no matter how irregular without damage to the original pipe.
Hydro-Jetting vs. Traditional Unclogging Tools & Machinery
Before Hydro Jetting
All of the above types of plumbing and pipe systems are susceptible to blockages and thus inconvenient, messy and costly backups… Blockages can occur from the buildup of debris over a period of time, ingress of root infiltration or from foreign debris introduced into the pipeline (accidentally or maliciously). The type of debris or material causing the blockage is of little importance because high pressure jetting can unclog just about anything and is the preferred method of re-establishing water flow by licensed professionals. High pressure jetting not only removes a blockage but it also washes away all debris found within other parts of your plumbing, piping and sewer lines. Using high pressure water is faster and less physically labor intensive than use of a mechanical rodding or cable machine. Hydro-jetting units maintain constant working pressure and cleaning power at the nozzle end.
Mechanical machines will lose cutting and torque power as rod or cable distances increase within pipelines from the point of entry. High pressure jetting has another advantage over cable or rodding machines. Where access is difficult, a lightweight, flexible jet hose is a safer and more practical solution. Pipelines that are suspended from ceilings or catwalks are easily cleaned using a high pressure jetting hose rather than a heavy, cumbersome mechanical drain cleaning machine. Cleaning vertical stacks or vents is easier with a high pressure jetting unit and lightweight jetting hose than with heavy drain cleaning cables or rods.
For over 70 years, our water, drains and sewer lines have been installed with little or no attention paid to routine pipeline maintenance and the health of our environment. All those years of an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality and simply burying our plumbing, piping, drains and sewer lines and forgetting about them has caused a huge upsurge in residential, commercial and industrial problems and has created an entire industry based on rehabilitation and future preventative maintenance. With increased water and sewer collection system knowledge, stronger federal and state regulations and the general public’s increased awareness of their effect on our environment, the inspection of waste water collection and sewage treatment plants find Hydro-Jetting to be absolutely indispensible. Hydro-Jetting of sewer and drain pipelines with high pressure water for determination of pipeline structural integrity is now a recognized standard operating procedure by both Federal and State Regulatory Agencies and the demand for Hydro-Jetting, Electronic Leak and Video Camera Inspections and Detections for residential, commercial and industrial real estate etc…is growing in leaps and bounds. In fact, new property buyers are starting to require property sellers and escrow companies to provide such an inspection prior to the close of escrow.
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