What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is a powerful method used by sewer and pipe repair professionals to clear stubborn clogs and blockages in drains and sewer lines. Using highly pressurized water of up to 4000 psi, hydro jetting can effectively remove buildup from grease, debris, silt, and even tree roots to restore proper flow through your pipes.

It may sound like a new technique or technology, but it’s actually been around for several decades! The team at NuFlow Indy has put together this guide to help you understand hydro jetting, what its benefits are, and if it’s the right service for you.

Benefits of Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting offers several key benefits for maintaining clean and efficient plumbing systems. 

For starters, Hydro jetting uses high-pressure water to blast away tough clogs, grease, debris, and even tree roots, leaving pipes thoroughly cleaned and free-flowing. This is quite beneficial, particularly in the long-term. By removing buildup from pipe walls and clearing away residue, hydro jetting helps prevent future clogs and ensures longer-lasting results compared to traditional snaking methods.

Another benefit is that hydro jetting relies solely on the power of water, making it an eco-friendly solution that avoids the use of harsh chemicals that can damage pipes and the environment. Hydro jetting is also a great choice for a wide range of plumbing issues, from kitchen and bathroom clogs to sewer line blockages, and can be used in both residential and commercial settings (at NuFlow, we proudly serve both types of customers).

While hydro jetting may involve a higher initial cost compared to other methods, it can lead to long-term savings by thoroughly cleaning and flushing out obstructions, rather than just dislodging or puncturing holes through them with a sewer snake. Hydro Jetting provides a longer-term solution, reducing the frequency of necessary cleaning visits compared to snaking methods. However, it does not offer a permanent solution that completely eliminates the possibility of future clogs.

How Hydro Jetting Works

The hydro jetting process uses specialized equipment that can deliver water at pressures ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 psi, which is powerful enough to cut through even the toughest blockages like tree roots, grease, and mineral buildup.

The hydro jetting equipment consists of a high-pressure water pump, a hose, and a nozzle. The nozzle is designed to direct the water flow in a specific pattern to maximize cleaning power and navigate through pipe bends and corners. Different types of nozzles are available for various applications, such as penetrating nozzles for cutting through tough clogs and rotating nozzles for removing heavy buildup from pipe walls.

During the hydro jetting process, the technician inserts the nozzle into the affected drain or pipe and activates the high-pressure water flow. The water blasts through the pipe, breaking up clogs and scouring the pipe walls to remove buildup and restore proper flow. The debris is then flushed out of the plumbing system, leaving the pipes clean and clear.

The Hydro Jetting Process: What To Expect

It’s important to understand what this service encompasses and what you can expect. The hydro jetting procedure typically involves the following steps:

  • Inspection: A professional technician will first inspect the plumbing system using a camera to locate the blockage and assess the condition of the pipes. This helps determine the best approach for the hydro jetting process.
  • Preparation: The technician will then set up the hydro jetting equipment, which includes a high-pressure water pump, hoses, and a specialized nozzle. They will also ensure proper safety measures are in place to protect themselves and your property.
  • Nozzle selection: Based on the type of blockage and pipe material, the technician will choose the appropriate nozzle for the job. Different nozzles are designed for various purposes, such as penetrating tough clogs or navigating through pipe bends.
  • Hydro jetting: The technician will insert the nozzle into the affected drain or pipe and begin the hydro jetting process. High-pressure water, typically between 1,500 to 4,000 psi, is blasted through the nozzle to break up and flush out the blockage.
  • Cleaning: As the high-pressure water moves through the pipe, it scours the walls, removing built-up debris, grease, and other materials that contribute to clogs. The waste is then flushed out of the plumbing system.
  • Final inspection: After the hydro jetting process is complete, the technician will often perform another camera inspection to ensure the blockage has been fully removed and the pipes are clean and free-flowing.

These are the basic steps you can expect, but these may vary depending on your exact scenario and/or the individual or company you’re working with.

When You Need It

You may need hydro jetting services if you’re dealing with stubborn, recurring clogs or slow-draining pipes that have not responded to traditional methods like plunging or snaking. Some specific situations that call for hydro jetting include:

  • Frequent clogs: If you experience clogs on a regular basis, despite using a plunger or drain snake, it may indicate a more severe blockage deep within your pipes that requires the power of hydro jetting to remove.
  • Slow drains: When multiple drains in your home or business are draining slowly, it could be a sign of a significant buildup of grease, debris, or even tree roots in your plumbing system. Hydro jetting can effectively clear these obstructions and restore proper flow.
  • Foul odors: Persistent, unpleasant smells coming from your drains may be caused by a buildup of organic matter or a blockage that has begun to decay. Hydro jetting can eliminate these odor-causing materials and leave your pipes clean and fresh.
  • Preventive maintenance: Even if you haven’t experienced major clogs, scheduling regular hydro jetting services can help maintain the health of your plumbing system by removing potential clog-causing buildup before it becomes a problem.
  • Sewer line backups: If you notice sewage backing up into your drains or yard, it’s a clear indication of a severe blockage in your main sewer line. Here, hydro jetting is once again our hero – it’s a really effective solution for clearing these kinds of tough clogs and restoring proper sewer line function.

If you encounter any of these signs, we recommend contacting a professional technician who can assess your system and determine if hydro jetting is the best solution for your needs.

Costs & Value: Is It Worth It?

The cost of hydro jetting varies depending on factors such as the severity of the blockage, pipe accessibility, and whether it’s a residential or commercial property. On average, residential hydro jetting services range from $900 to $1500. Commercial hydro jetting tends to be more expensive, starting at $1500 due to larger and more complex plumbing systems.

Considering the long-term benefits, we’re found that it’s often a very worthwhile investment for both residential and commercial properties.

Comparing Hydro Jetting to Traditional Snaking

Hydro jetting and traditional snaking are two common methods used to clear clogged drains and pipes. Here’s a breakdown of how the two techniques compare:

  • Uses high-pressure water (up to 4,000 psi) to blast through clogs and debris

  • Effective for removing tough clogs, grease buildup, and even tree roots

  • Cleans and scours pipe walls, lengthens the time between cleanings

  • Requires professional equipment and expertise
  • Uses a flexible cable with an auger or blade to break through blockages

  • Best suited for simple clogs and may not completely remove debris

  • Primarily focuses on breaking through the clog, not cleaning the pipe

  • Can often be performed as a DIY project with a manual or motorized snake

While both methods can be great in certain situations, hydro jetting is generally considered the superior option for its ability to thoroughly clean pipes and remove even the most stubborn blockages. However, the choice between hydro jetting and snaking ultimately depends on factors such as the severity of the clog, the condition of the pipes, and budget considerations.

Experience Superior Hydro-Jetting in Indianapolis with NuFlow Indy

Discover the power of NuFlow Indy’s advanced hydro-jetting services to restore your sewer lines with precision and efficiency. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art technology to clear away stubborn blockages, including roots, grease buildup, and debris, ensuring your pipes operate at peak performance. Unlike traditional methods, hydro-jetting provides a comprehensive cleaning solution without the need for excavation, preserving your property and minimizing disruptions.

Trust NuFlow Indy for:

  • Thorough Cleaning: High-pressure water jets penetrate deep into your pipes, removing all types of obstructions effectively.
  • Long-Term Solutions: Prevent future issues with our meticulous cleaning process that eliminates root intrusion and buildup.
  • Expertise and Reliability: Backed by years of experience and a commitment to customer satisfaction, we ensure your sewer lines remain clear and functional.

Ready to experience the benefits of NuFlow Indy’s hydro-jetting services? Contact us today or visit our sewer cleaning page to learn more and schedule your service.

About the Author

Dave Perry

Dave Perry founded NuFlow Indy in 2016. Prior to founding NuFlow, Dave was the founder and CEO of DP Mechanical, a commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC business. He is a licensed plumber with 30+ years of experience in industrial, commercial and residential plumbing.

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