Most people don’t think about their plumbing until there’s an issue. This glorious network of pipes are designed to deliver clean water and carry waste away upon demand. If you have recently started to notice recurring clogged drains, complications with the water, or both, you’re in the right place. Your plumbing system is likely experiencing an issue, internally. Hydro jetting may be the solution.

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What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is a special process utilized by professional plumbers. It uses a flow of water that is highly pressurized in order to clear debris that is resulting in obstruction in the inside of the pipes that are part of the plumbing system.

Examples of the type of debris that may be successfully treated by the hydro jetting process includes grease, paper products, scale, large accumulations of iron, and other substances that are similar in nature.

Over time, any of these items could result in build up within the plumbing pipes. As a result, drains may start to clog and water may move more slowly through the system. In most instances, hydro jetting is not an ideal solution for basic or simple obstructions.

What Does Hydro Jetting Do?

When hydro jetting is performed, a hose that is equipped with a specially-designed nozzle is directly connected to a machine. This machine places water under a high amount of pressure.

Once ready, the highly-pressurized flow of water is then pushed through the plumbing system. It is not the water that lies behind the success of the hydro jetting process, but rather the forceful pressure in which the water is pushed through the system.

Before performing this plumbing maneuver, a certified plumber will inspect the burdened drain – usually with a little camera – just to ensure that there is no pipe damage.

If there are no visible signs of damage and only the presence of an obstruction, the plumber will continue with the hydro jetting process. This is such a powerful step that the pressure of the water emitted actually has the ability to break apart large roots that may be present within the plumbing system.

When Would Someone Need It?

Hydro jetting is a process that involves more than just removing a clog. It actually completely clears the plumbing lines of substances and/or items that have accumulated on the walls of the pipes.

If you have flushed something that has become lodged in the system, using a plumbing snake is probably an appropriate solution.

If your plumbing systems seems to be bogged down and is older, hydro jetting is probably the best solution.

This must be done by a professional to ensure that the inner components of your plumbing system are not damaged.

When it comes to snaking vs. hydro jetting, you should opt for snakes for simple obstructions and hydro jetting for more serious clogs that occur, over time.

Is Hydro Jetting Safe for Pipes?

In short, the answer is “yes”; however, because of the immense power behind the pressure of water, this does have the capability of damaging pipes or making an issue worse.

For this reason, it must only be performed by a professional plumber.

If a plumber performs the hydro jetting process, yes, it is safe for the pipes of your plumbing system; however, if you attempt to do this process yourself – without the proper training and tools – it could be highly damaging to the entire plumbing system of your home.

We Can Help

Do your drains seem to be moving very slowly? When you flush, does the water seem to flow very slowly? Have you tried to use a plunger or plumbing snake to no avail? Has it been a while since you had your plumbing system cleaned out?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, it may be time for hydro jetting. We here at Reynolds can help!

Simply contact us today and we will send our highly-trained and knowledgeable staff out to perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing. We will quickly be able to determine if a simple obstruction is causing you problems or if the issue is more serious.

If hydro jetting is what you need, you can do it quickly and safely! Give us a call today for an immediate resolution.

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