Hydro-jetting is a drain-clearing method used by plumbers to remove tough clogs. It involves sending a blast of water at high pressure to break up a clog or remove objects that are obstructing the flow of water or waste in a drain line.
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A plumber begins the hydro-jetting process by locating your home’s sewer cleanout. After the plumber finds it, they’ll insert a hose into the opening of the cleanout. The hose is connected to a tank of water with a machine that pressurizes the water.
When the plumber turns on the hose, the hydro-jetter will blast high-pressure water (up to 5,000 psi) throughout your home’s pipes. This high-pressure water will break up clogs and scale buildup. After the hydro-jetting is complete, all of the waste will then drain out of the pipes into the local sewer system.
A plumber will need to use a hydro-jetter if…
The cost of hydro-jetting can vary depending on the following factors:
Hydro-jetting is an effective way to clear a clog, with most hydro-jetting jobs being completed in less than a few hours.
If your home has old pipes that are in poor condition, the high-pressure water from a hydro-jetter could potentially damage them.
However, before a plumber starts any hydro-jetting work, they should perform a camera inspection to assess the condition of your home’s pipes and see if it will be safe to use a hydro-jetting.
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