Pipe jetting, also called hydro-jetting or water blasting, is a method of spraying high-powered streams of water into a pipe to clear blockages and prevent lengthy, expensive repairs. How exactly does pipe jetting work and when is it the right course of action if your home or business has a blocked plumbing line?
Pipe Jetting Process
Once contacted regarding a blocked plumbing line, a professional plumber will insert a fiber-optic camera into the affected pipe to view the blockage up close. He will also inspect the plumbing line’s condition, ensuring it can withstand the water pressure from pipe jetting.
The plumber will insert the hose at least two feet before turning on the spray. For cleaning in-house plumbing, the hydro-jetting hose is inserted through the drain access point, not from inside the home, such as a toilet or sink. When cleaning a sewer blockage, the hose is placed into the sewage drain, which is usually accessed in the building’s lowest level.
After calculating the water pressure needed to break apart the blockage without damaging the pipe’s interior lining, the plumber will turn on the machine, which can be powered by either gas or electricity. Using pressures up to 4,000 pounds per square inch, the blast will quickly cause the backed-up grease or waste to dissipate, continuing on its journey out of the plumbing line. Pipe jetting can even eliminate tree roots that may be inhibiting fluid flow.
Once the water begins to flow freely, the plumber will inspect the blockage’s location again using the fiber-optic camera. He will make sure all clumps of tree root, gravel and hardened debris are completely eliminated. Multiple rounds may be required for clearing away stubborn blockages.
Training and Experience Required
No homeowner should buy or rent a high-pressure pipe-jetting machine. Only certified plumbers with the necessary protective equipment should be called upon to complete the procedure. While the hydro-jetting takes place, the plumber pays close attention to the water pressure inside the pipe. He will slowly lower the water pressure as the blockage is removed. This prevents water from spraying up into the building through drains, sinks and toilets after clearing the blockage.
Amateurs may also lack the equipment needed to complete a thorough camera inspection before the procedure begins. If high-pressure water is used in already deteriorating pipes, the spray could cause the plumbing line to burst, resulting in a serious, more expensive repair. A seasoned plumber will spot signs of chipping metal and rust inside the pipe and be able to determine whether removal and replacement is a better repair choice to avoid water damage from a potential burst pipe.
If your home or business has a plumbing line blockage, call Captain Plumbing immediately. Get a professional inspection of your pipe blockage and find out if pipe jetting is an efficient solution for your situation.