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The How, When and Why of Hydro-Jetting Sewer Lines


Hydro-jetting sewer lines is another example of advanced plumbing technology now available to deal with age-old problems. A sewer lateral obstructed by a clog or intruding tree roots used to mean snaking with a mechanical rooter that might inflict damage on delicate, aging pipes. Or, even worse, a blocked sewer required excavation of your front yard, marring your landscape until time erased the signs.

The principle of hydro-jetting sewer lines involves the use of extremely high-pressure water to obliterate blockages. Threaded deep into the sewer pipe at the end of a thin, flexible water line, the head contains tiny jets that dispense hot water at knife-like pressure up to 4000 p.s.i. This powerful water force not only reduces blockages including tree roots to a semi-solid slurry that flows freely down the pipe; it also scours internal pipe surfaces to remove sludge build-up that initiates clogging – all without the trauma inflicted to pipes by mechanical snakes and rotating blades.

A plumbing professional will utilize fiber-optic video technology to locate and identify the nature of the clog, as well as assess the overall condition of your pipes. Based on this visual evaluation, he’ll select the hydro-jetting head and pressure best suited to handle the problem.

Advantages of Hydro-Jetting Sewer Lines

  • Cleaning, not just unclogging. Accumulations of grease, soap and other components of sludge inside the pipe are often the precursor to recurrent sewer clogs. Unfortunately, a rotating snake does little other than punch a hole in the clog to restore flow. It doesn’t address the ongoing issues of sludge that are likely to result in a recurrence very soon. Hydro-jetting cleans the internal pipe for a more long-lasting resolution.
  • More economical. A single pipe cleaning with a hydro-jetting system can delay the need for another service call to clear blockages or tree roots up to four times longer than a typical procedure with a mechanical snake. This reduces sewer service expenses over the long term.

For more information on hydro-jetting sewer lines, please contact us at Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical.

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