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The Basics of Drain Cleaning Using Hydro-Jetting

water-on-drainWe offer a complete range of plumbing services throughout Southern California. One of the most important, and one that we receive many calls for, is drain and sewer cleaning. These are jobs that can be scheduled both for emergencies—such as when a drain clogs up and simple tools like plungers won’t clear it—or as regular maintenance. We strongly recommend that homeowners schedule drain cleaning in Santa Ana, CA and elsewhere with us once a year. There’s no better way to stop future clog problems, as well as numerous other drainpipe and sewer issues, than with some basic preventive maintenance each year.

The Drain Cleaning Supertool: Hydro-Jetting Equipment

Homeowners only have a few tools for trying to unclog drains on their own: plungers and manual drain snakes. (Please, do not use chemical drain cleaners! They are harmful for your plumbing and the people in your house.) Professional plumbers have advanced tools that can take over where these simple tools end, and one of the best is the hydro-jetter. This tool is excellent at both clearing clogs and complete regular drain and sewer line cleaning.

A hydro-jetter is a device that uses high-pressure water to provide thorough drain cleaning. Water is sent out of a nozzle on a hose at pressures of up to 5,000 psi at a rate of 20 gallons of water per minute. The force of the water along the interior of a drainpipe or sewer line scours clean the pipe walls and allows debris and build-up to flow down into the sewage system.

Standard hydro-jetting equipment consists of a water tank and motor that places the water in it under pressure. A long hose attaches to the water tank; the hose is long enough to allow a plumber to send the hose the length of a residential sewer line. Different nozzles can be attached to the end of the hose to control the direction the water is blasted out. Most nozzles direct the water both forward and backward to provide complete coverage in the pipe.

How a Plumber Uses Hydro-Jetting for Drain Cleaning

To handle a regular drain cleaning job, a plumber inserts the hydro-jetting hose into a cleanout (a part of your plumbing system that gives easy access to plumbers). The plumber will first send the hose all the way to the end of the plumbing section that needs cleaning, and then activates the machine that pressurizes the water. The plumber moves the hose back up the length of the pipe, letting the high-pressure blasts scour the pipe of build-up that will then run downstream. By the time the hose is pulled back out of the cleanout, the entire pipeline will have received a complete cleaning.

Professionals Only, Please!

If you read the above and thought that maybe you should just purchase hydro-jetting equipment yourself… you really don’t want to! This is professional-grade equipment that is expensive to purchase. More importantly, it isn’t safe to perform hydro-jetting unless you have the proper training and equipment. High-pressure water blast are dangerous, and amateur use can mean harm to yourself and your pipes. Make sure you always look to plumbing professionals to handle drain cleaning with a hydro-jetter.

Look to Sweetwater Plumbing: We’re always open for business! Let us handle all your plumbing needs in Southern California.

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