Plumbing systems are designed to remove waste using little more than gravity. Most of the time, the system works smoothly, but at some point, most homeowners will encounter slow drains or a blocked drain. When it comes to clearing a clog, you have several options.
Traditional drain clearing techniques involve plungers, augers, snakes, and harsh chemicals. These methods don’t always work and can leave remnants of a clog in place or, worse, cause damage to your plumbing. One of the best ways to remove a clog for good is high-pressure drain cleaning or hydro-jetting services.
What Is High-Pressure Drain Cleaning?
High-pressure drain cleaning, or hydro jetting, is often the best solution for a clogged sewer line or main drain with a clog that can’t be removed by plunging, snaking, or other techniques. A hydro jetting system consists of a large water tank, high-pressure hose, high strength nozzle, and a pressurization unit. Once the hose is in place, highly pressurized water is sprayed into the pipes to clear all debris thoroughly. After hydro-jetting service, pipes are as clean as the day they were installed.
Hydro jetting can remove just about any clog, including:
- Grease, fat, and oil buildup
- Mineral deposits
- Silt and sand
- Small tree roots
High-Pressure Drain Cleaning Has Many Benefits
High-pressure drain cleaning clears blockages quicker than any other method. Snaking drains can be time-consuming and often only pokes small holes in the clog. Taking apart pipes to manually remove a clog is even more time-consuming. Hydro jetting is quick and eliminates the entire clog.
Sediment, soap residue, fats, grease, and other debris can create tough clogs in drains and sewer lines. This thick sludge is difficult to remove using traditional drain cleaning techniques. A trained technician can unclog drain lines and clean them properly through high-pressure cleaning.
High-pressure drain cleaning is the safest way to clean drain and sewer lines. There is no heavy equipment or harmful chemicals involved. Drain cleaning chemicals are dangerous if inhaled or swallowed and cause skin and eye irritation. Hydro-jetting is a safe option when done by a trained technician.
High-pressure drain cleaning is safe for the environment. Liquid drain cleaners use harsh chemicals that can seep into groundwater and soil. Since hydro jetting uses only a high-pressure stream of water, it cuts through blockages and leaves pipes clear without environmental contamination.
5. Less Invasive
High-pressure drain cleaning causes no property damage and is far less invasive than repairing a drain by excavating a yard to access a sewer line or opening a wall to replace plumbing pipes. There’s no heavy-duty equipment, no digging or drilling.
6. Works on Any Clog
Water at the correct high pressure can blast through most roots, dissolve blockages, and eliminate stubborn grease and soap buildup inside drain pipes and sewer lines.
7. Eliminates Odors
Routine drain cleaning helps to eliminate odors that emanate from pipes, thanks to food debris, hair, oils, and other debris. High-pressure drain cleaning clears the debris, leaving fresher air in kitchens and bathrooms.
How Will You Know if You Need Drain Cleaning?
Professional hydro jet cleaning is highly recommended for anyone with chronically clogged drains, multiple clogged drains, slow drains, or foul odors coming from drains. These are common signs of a more significant problem that can only be fixed with professional-grade solutions.
Before proceeding with hydro jetting services, a trained plumbing technician will conduct a video inspection of the pipes and sewer line. This inspection helps determine the severity of the clog, pinpoint its location, and check for damaged pipes.
If it’s safe to proceed, the technician will blast the pipes with the correct amount of water pressure to break up and clear obstructions without damaging the plumbing system. The technician will also use video inspection after cleaning out the drains to assess the effectiveness of the process and the overall condition of the pipes.
Prevent Drain and Sewer Line Clogs
You don’t have to wait until there’s a severe clog to request drain cleaning services. Many residential and commercial customers, including restaurants, hotels, and office buildings, routinely have their drains and sewer lines hydro jetted to prevent disruptive and costly blockages.
Call the Trusted Plumbing Professionals in Los Gatos
The proper drain cleaning method depends on the clog’s size, type, and location. The experts at Simply Green Plumbing, Sewer & Rooter are adept at identifying and handling all types of clogged drains. In some cases, a professional auger or sewer snake may be all that is needed to clear a clog. If hydro jetting is recommended, they can quickly clear a clogged drain or sewer line so that your household activities can return to normal.
If you’re experiencing plumbing issues, call Simply Green Plumbing, Sewer & Rooter at (408) 716-1686, or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our experienced technicians have over 30 years of plumbing experience, and they are ready to help you with all of your plumbing problems, no matter how big or small.