Having clean pipes and drains is extremely important. Not having crud and debris build up not only keeps drains flowing smoothly and freely, but this means that tree roots are less likely to find their way In. They are not attracted to water alone, but also the nutrients in raw sewage. While this might sound icky to some, this is exactly what world-class gardeners of all varieties know about what makes their prize-winning plants grow so well. Their source is not the same, though, thankfully!
There are three tools of the trade that plumbers rely on to get the job at hand done when using hydro-jetting to clear drains. One of them, as a surprise to many, is so safe, you can drink it, and probably often do. So here are the three best pipe cleaning tools for hydro-jetting.
Drain cameras (so you can see the difference between before and after)
Drain cameras might not be seen as a tool of any type, but these help diagnose problems that can determine the best course of action. Cameras can also provide proof of before and after conditions in drains and sewer lines.
Drain cameras can also detect evidence that would preclude the use of hydro-jetting. These situations are rare, but they do exist. The most common situation would be a collapsed sewer pipe that has not been otherwise detected.
Hydro-jet machine (of course!)
The hydro-jet machine makes it easy to bust through any type of clog including roots that have grown into and throughout the drain’s pipe. Think of hydro-jetting as a portable blender that needs no blade, or a power-washer on steroids. That is what a hydro-jet drain pipe cleaning machine provides. There is a good reason it is called a ‘jet.’
Newer pipes made of PVC and even fragile ones can be safely cleaned out by hydro-jetting. In fact, it is the best way to prepare pipes for CIPP (cured in place piping) because it gets rid of everything that can prevent the lining from adhering to the drain correctly and leaves no residue that has to be removed prior to installation. After installation, augering or snaking is not recommended as the lining can be damaged. Only hydro-jetting should be used after CIPP installations, and really, that is often more than sufficient.
Plain old water!
Yes, just plain water, often coming from your own home or business’s water source. Safe to drink and cook with, it is the most ecologically safe substance to also clean with. When forced through the hydro-jet machine’s nozzle at super-fast and powerful speeds, it needs no help from cleaning chemicals, acids, grease-dissolvers, or other clog-busters.
Just as water carved out the Grand Canyon over time, a hydro-jet machine just speeds things up. And yes, hydro-jetting can get rid of small pebbles, sand, grit, and other hard substances that make their way into drains. In Indianapolis, IN, using hot water can also help thaw out frozen pipes.
So there you have them – the three best tools in hydro-jetting. Of course, creativity, patience, and a good sense of humor helps many plumbers assure their customers that the situation is under control. Knowing that the home is where a family finds safety and security and business owners rely on their daily operations to support not only themselves and their family but also their employees is not taken lightly by many plumbers. It may be a ‘dirty job’ but the best are more than capable of providing the best results when needed.