Kitchen sink filled with water because of clogged drainClogged drains and other plumbing concerns are never fun to deal with. Hydro jetting is a beneficial service that’s great for cleaning stubborn drain clogs and obstructions. As effective as hydro jet drain cleaning is, there are risks that customers should be aware of.

Here, Arrow Sewer & Drain—a leading provider of professional sewer, drain, and plumbing services throughout north and central New Jersey—details what you should know about hydro jetting and when other cleaning services are recommended.

What is Hydro Jetting?

In some cases, cleaning your drain and pipes requires an advanced approach. Hydro jetting is a drain cleaning method that involves using pressurized water to clear drain clogs and obstructions. Specialized equipment forces water out at about 3,500 to 4,000 pounds per square inch (PSI), breaking up and washing away any debris. This technique allows water to move unobstructed and the plumbing system to operate efficiently. No chemicals are used, only water. Debris that can be unclogged with hydro jet drain cleaning includes:

  • Hair
  • Food waste
  • Grease, fats, and oils
  • Hygiene products
  • Mineral build-up
  • Small objects
  • Dirt
  • Tree roots
  • Sand

When to Be Cautious

When it comes to clearing away stubborn clogs, hydro jetting is unmatched. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always the best option. Given the amount of force used, hydro jetting can damage frail, aging pipes. Older sewer pipes that are more susceptible to cracks and breaks shouldn’t be treated using hydro jetting. In scenarios when pipe age is a concern, traditional cleaning methods should be utilized instead. The pros at Arrow Sewer & Drain will examine your pipes and choose the proper method.

An effective alternative cleaning method is drain snaking. This method involves using a plumping tool specially designed for unclogging drains. The long, flexible metal cable consists of a small, coiled spring with blades, or an auger, on one end and a handle on the other. The drain snake is maneuvered down the pipe, uncoiling down the drain, eventually reaching the cause of the blockage. The blades break up parts of the clog and wash them away. The drain snake can also be used to latch onto part of the obstruction to pull it out. Standard drain snakes can be used to unclog tub and shower drains, kitchen sinks, and bathroom sinks. Specialized drain snakes should be used on toilets.

When in Doubt, Call the Pros

It can be tempting to address plumbing concerns yourself. While DIY solutions may seem like the best option, there are several reasons you should rely on the expertise of the plumbing professionals at Arrow Sewer & Drain. Coupled with our extensive knowledge, our team uses state-of-the-art sewer scopes to find the root of the problem in your pipes. From there, our team employs the proper techniques to unclog your drains as safely and efficiently as possible.

While unclogging your drain, our team can also inspect your system for cracks, leaks, and other signs of damage. In addition to basic cleaning and maintenance, we also specialize in more extensive repair and replacement jobs, as well as emergency plumbing services. Our services are designed to meet your needs and provide you with peace of mind about your plumbing system.

Call Us for Hydro Jetting Services

Do you believe your drain is clogged or your plumbing system isn’t performing like normal? If so, call the pros at Arrow Sewer & Drain. Serving north and central New Jersey, Arrow Sewer & Drain is a family-owned company with more than fifteen years of experience in the industry. We employ the most effective methods to unclog drains, including hydro jetting. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

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