Small plumbing problems around the house are usually easy for most homeowners to understand, or even rectify themselves. But for some tasks, only a professional plumber will have the skills and equipment necessary to return all your home’s crucial pipes back to operational.
For instance, when sewer lines become plugged up with roots and other junk, a pipe jetting could be the best option and one that should only be executed by a qualified plumber. The Unclog Blog explains that when pipe jetting, a plumber will blast as much as 3,500 pounds per square inch into a dysfunctional pipe to clear blockages. The process is also sometimes referred to as hydro jetting, and functions as the middle ground between a plumber’s snake and more expensive, elaborate procedures like pipe replacement. For instance, a pipe jetting could be the ticket if a plumber’s snake can’t finish a job, but if roots have had time to do irreparable damage to pipes, jetting might not be of much use.
If applying 3,500 pounds of pressure sounds pricey, you might be surprised to find out it’s not at all the most expensive plumbing procedure out there. Home Renovation Guide points out that jetting can often be cheaper than a major cleaning of the entire system.
Roots have an easier time than you may think making their way into pipes. As it turns out, if any sewer pipes under trees are cracked, roots will eagerly grow into the water source. Roots, of course, are predisposed to seek out water, oxygen and nutrients, which sewer pipes are loaded with. Significant clogging can ensue if roots are given enough time to expand into their new territory.
Because homeowners and plumbers lack X-ray vision, there usually isn’t a way to tell if roots are growing into underground pipes just by looking at the surface. But Pain in the Drain points to a few hints that a jetting might be in the cards. These include drains that seem to flow perpetually slowly, and toilets that make gurgling noises. But the best way to ensure your sewer pipes aren’t in danger of tree root clogs would be consulting your local plumber for an annual inspection during the summer when roots grow their fastest.