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When Is Hydro Jetting Sewer Lines A Good Idea?


What Is HydroJetting?

If you have a history of stoppages between your house and the street, hydro jetting sewer lines may be in order.

Many times snaking a slow-moving drain will work just fine but at other times, you need to call in the heavy artillery.

Hydro-jetting is a method used to clean sewer lines and septic tanks. It accomplishes the cleaning by blasting water at an extremely high pressure to remove any buildup or debris that may be clogging your sewer lines.

The high-pressure water shoots out of a hose at 18 -20 gallons of water per minute and up to 4,000 PSI.

Water is being pushed through a hydro-jetter with such force that it is able to cut through any sludge, gunk or obstruction that may be clogging your sewer line or septic tank.

It’s a very effective method of cleaning sewer lines with heavy clogs.

Things like grease, sand and limescale as well as other problematic debris that tend to build up in your sewer lines over time will be cleaned out.

Hydro-jetting is a superior method of cleaning clogged drains and restoring life to old pipes. It also scours the walls of your pipes and cleans those as well.

The process is fast, environmentally-friendly and it a lot better than pouring harsh commercial drain cleaners down your drain.

Many people have never heard of hydro-jetting and a large majority of plumbing companies don’t offer this service because of the large outlay of cash needed to acquire the right equipment not to mention the training that will be needed to learn how to operate it correctly.

Are You A Good Candidate For Hydro-Jetting?

We’re sure you will agree that a personal residence and a commercial business have different needs. So here is some additional information to let you decide if hydro-jetting is right for your situation.


Hydro-jetting will flush out any sand and silt buildup if you’re on a septic tank system, something augers and drain cleaners aren’t able to do.

If you consistently experience slow moving pipes hydro-jetting may be a good idea because it cleans drains to their fullest capacity.

If snaking the drain just has not solved your problem and the blockage is not caused by tree roots or other permanent obstruction then hydro-jetting can be an excellent choice.

An experienced plumber with the right knowledge and equipment can quickly let you know if hydro-jetting your sewer lines is a good idea.


Hydro-jetting is superior to rodding and exercising some preventative maintenance can help reduce the chances of losing business or inconveniencing customers.

Both small and large companies such as restaurants, hospitals, hotels and schools are not getting their pipes cleaned with the hydro-jetting process on a regular schedule.

In a commercial setting, because plumbing is used at such a high frequency, the chances of unwanted debris clogging the drains is greatly increased.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re thinking about hydro jetting sewer lines as a preventative maintenance or to clear out slow-moving drains it’s an invaluable service to get.

The process not only can save you time but there is less risk of damage to your plumbing system.

It also gets rid of bacteria, there’s total residual removal and it just may save you some money in the long run.

There’s no faster method to clear and unblock clogged sewers, drains and pipes without hydro-jetting.

With that being said, one thing should clearly be noted is that hydro-jetting is wonderful for cleaning pigheaded roots from inside your drain lines.

However, root intrusion that is prolific and causes continuous backup are a sign that you may have a more serious problem.

Repeat blockages in your sewer line that are caused by root penetration generally mean that the roots have became so thick that they have completely altered your pipe’s lining.

This is an early warning sign that you may experience some severe pipe damage in the very near future.

If you experience this situation have a plumber do a sewer camera inspection so that he can locate the exact nature of what’s causing your problem.

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