Hydro Jetting: The Pros and Cons

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Are you looking for a new way to fix your drainage? Then you can try Hydro Jetting. Let us define first Hydro Jetting. What is Hydro Jetting? Hydro Jetting is a type of plumbing solution that is non-invasive and removes clogs and debris from pipes. So how does it works? Well, it uses high-pressure water jets that get inside the pipes, then the pressure will blow debris, such as grease, food crumbs, and other build-ups that can clog your plumbing system.

A clogged plumbing system and having to manually clean it from time to time is quite frustrating. But, there is a better solution which is Hydro Jetting. Here is some information that you can use to decide whether to try Hydro Jetting.

The advantages of using Hydro Jetting:

  1. The plumbing system will be thoroughly be inspected

Hydro Jetting is being run by a company, we need to share first the details of our plumbing system, what may be the problem, and they will be inspecting it. Sometimes, once they have inspected it, it does not mean Hydro Jetting will be required. Since you are hiring a professional, all the areas of your plumbing system will be inspected and can be checked if there is some damage, and can locate where Hydro Jetting will be used in your plumbing system. After locating, the plumber will insert a hose and starts to pump the water. The hose that will be used is highly durable, it will shoot water with a high amount of pressure around 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch), and at the same time hold around 20 gallons of water. As a result, those materials that are blocking the drainage system will be forced to go down the sewer.

  1. Accuracy of cleaning location

As stated above, before inserting the hose, it needs to locate first the spot or location to where the high water pressure will be released in order for the buildups to be properly removed. Unlike cleaning the drainage manually, some areas might not be cleaned properly since we cannot use our hand to reach the deepest place of the pipes that has a blockage. Accurate precision of Hydro Jetting is a big help in reaching the tightest areas of our plumbing system that is needed to be cleaned as the water is spinning and every angle of the pipes will be run through by the water pressure. 

  1. Consistency of cleaning

Cleaning the pipes manually is very difficult and frustrating, as it leaves traces of grease, oil, and buildups in some areas since we do not have enough tools to clean the drainage manually. As per using Hydro Jetting and as stated earlier, every angle of the pipes will be cleaned thoroughly and precisely with consistency.

  1. Hydro Jetting is more efficient than any other type of drain cleaning method

There aren’t many drain cleaning methods that can be compared to the efficiency and ability to clean the plumbing system. Although it is most commonly used in commercial buildings, if a household has a lot of buildups, Hydro Jetting can still be used. This makes it very flexible as not only it can clean large pipes but also the tightest pipes in our household.

  1. Hydro Jetting is safe to use and safe as well for the environment

Hydro Jetting reduces the need of cleaning the drainage from time to time. Since it is accurate, consistent, and efficient, all of the materials that can cause blockages such as silt, dirt, hairs, grease, and food buildups will be removed, and the normal flow of water in your plumbing system will be restored. As for the environment, it does not use any type of chemicals but mostly just uses water, not only can you save a lot of money, but you are also helping the environment as well.

Hydro Jetting is a really helpful tool for cleaning our pipes. It can save us a lot of money because it reduces our time to clean our drainage from for example every month to even become even just two or three times a year. However, there are still downsides to using Hydro Jetting to clean our plumbing system.

So what are the disadvantages of using Hyrdo Jet? Well here are some reasons:

  1. Safety Risks

Even though Hydro Jetting is safe to use, it does not mean that everyone will be able to use hydro jet by themselves. You might be thinking that since it is easy to use, you should buy one yourself. No. There are some risks of using hydro jets. The reason that we are hiring professional plumbers to clean our pipes using this tool is that they have a lot of time training to use the device. Due to our lack of training, we might use a lot of water and instead of cleaning our plumbing system, we can damage it and we can also damage the environment. Also, professional plumbers had undergo to training on handling the nozzle that is spraying a high water pressure of about 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch). If we try to do it ourselves, we might just injure ourselves since we aren’t used to handling the water pressure on a hose this high.

  1. Cost of using Hydro Jetting

Yes, hydro jetting can save you a lot of money. However, a single use of hydro jetting is a bit pricey. Well, you hired a company, you are paying for the device, and you are paying for the labor of professional plumbers. The average cost of hydro jetting can be estimated between $300 to $500. It will still depend on how severe the blockage of the drainage, the location of where the clog is, and the location of where you live can is also included in the cost of using hydro jetting. On severe occasions, it can take up to $1000 if the case is very severe.

  1. It can damage the pipes

Well, we are using high-pressure water. High water pressure itself can cause pipes to break down if not monitored properly. How much more is the pressure of using a hydro jet when cleaning the pipes? You can avoid it by replacing your pipes with much stronger pipes instead of weak ones. But if your old pipes were damaged during the process of cleaning, then it will cost you a lot of money to fix that. Even if you hire a professional to use the hydro jet, we can not always avoid those weak pipes breaking down due to the intense water pressure flowing inside.

  1. Water consumption

About 20 gallons of water can be held by a hydro jet while shooting. And we are not sure if these measurements can finish cleaning a clogged drain at once. Imagine how many gallons of water will be needed in order to clean a plumbing system for one household. So if there are a lot of household and commercial buildings that are using Hydro Jets, water consumption will be high. Yes, hydro jetting is friendly to the environment because it doesn’t have chemicals but it can also affect the sustainability of the water.

In the end, hydro jetting is really helpful in cleaning our plumbing system properly. As a tip, if we want to use it, we must have a budget first beforehand and hire a plumber to inspect the area first to estimate how much it is going to cost to clean your clogged drainage. And for our own safety, it is highly recommended to hire professionals that give a lot of their time to practice using hydro jetting instead of buying a device ourselves that we do not have any idea how to operate. Plus, plumbers can also estimate how many gallons of water can be used on cleaning our plumbing system. This can be a reminder not to do any actions recklessly, because not only our pipes can be damaged but also the environment.

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