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Frequently Asked Questions about Hydro-Jetting

One of the jobs that we often do for our residential customers is drain cleaning using a hydro-jetter. Hydro-jetting is one of the best ways to clear stubborn clogs as well as provide routine cleaning that keeps clogs from occurring in the first place. Customers are often curious about what hydro-jetting is and how it works, so we would like to use this space to answer a few of these questions:

What is a hydro-jetter?

It’s a motorized device that was first invented in the 1950s. It keeps a water supply under high pressure, and then sends it out a hose with a nozzle on the end of it. The high-pressure blasts of water scour the inside of the pipe, removing debris.

Is hydro-jetting better than using a drain snake?

In most cases, yes. A drain snake is an effective tool for breaking apart individual clogs, and doing the job quickly. But a drain snake doesn’t provide the same complete coverage and cleaning that a hydro-jetter does. A good hydro-jetting job will remove almost all debris from throughout a pipe, not only a small section, which makes it difficult for clogs to start again.

Can I perform hydro-jetting on my own?

No. The equipment is too expensive for consumer use. It can also be dangerous in untrained hands. Always call on a professional plumber for hydro-jetting services.

How high is the pressure in a hydro-jetter?

Different hydro-jetters have different pressures; the plumber must match the pressure to the particular cleaning needs. For example, commercial hydro-jetters have much stronger pressure, but this might cause damage to pipes in a home. The standard residential hydro-jetter uses 4000 psi (pounds per square inch).

Will hydro-jetting damage plastic pipes?

It can if the hose is left sitting inside the pipe in the same space for too long. However, a 4000 psi hydro-jetter in the hands of a professional won’t cause problems for plastic pipes.

For answers to any other questions you may have regarding hydro-jetting and our drain cleaning services, give us a call!

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has proudly served Winter Springs, FL and the rest of Central Florida since 1975.

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