If you're experiencing frequent plumbing clogs, it might be time to call in a plumber to clean out the drain. The interior walls of your drains build up a lot of gunk over the years that includes everything from hair to soap and grease. An efficient way to clear out clogs is with hydrojetting. This is where a plumber cleans the drain with a powerful jet of water. Here is some information on how hydrojetting works.
A Video Inspection May Be Done First
Hydrojetting can damage pipes under certain conditions. If your drain has a lot of tree roots growing in it, your plumber may decide hydrojetting is not the best way to fix your problem. The only way to tell what's going on inside the drain is to look at the insides with a video camera. The plumber sends a camera down the drain to look for roots, clogs, and broken pipe.
A visual display from the camera is shown on a monitor in real time. This lets the plumber know if it is safe to proceed with hydrojetting the clog. A video inspection may be done again after the water jet treatment so you can see the difference in the pipe and to make sure the clog has been removed.
The Drains Are Scoured With Water
Hydrojetting equipment consists of a hose, high-pressure nozzle, water tank, and machine that pressurizes the water. The plumber chooses the right nozzle and then slides the nozzle and hose down the drain with the nozzle shooting out water in all directions. The stream of water is under pressure and very powerful.
The plumber wears protective clothing to avoid being injured by the water jet. Once the hose is pushed through the pipe, the strong jet of water knocks all debris from the walls of the drain. A hydrojetting treatment could knock away years of accumulation of scale, hair, and food bits.
Hydrojetting is safe for metal and plastic pipes as long as it's done by a skilled plumber. This isn't a DIY drain cleaning method because of the safety hazards associated with using the equipment. If the treatment is not done properly, the drain could be cracked or shattered.
Your pipe is clean and clear after hydrojetting, however, keep in mind, if the clog was caused by tree roots, there's a chance they could grow back again and cause more trouble. You may eventually need the cracked drain repaired so roots stop crawling inside it. Until it's replaced, hydrojetting may be the solution that keeps your drains flowing. For more information about cleaning your drains, contact a business such as Moon Valley Plumbing.