HydroJetting Equipment Guide

January 10, 2014

When it comes to drain cleaning, what is the best and most thorough method? It’s not the plunger. It’s certainly not chemical drain cleaners (which can be too caustic for your pipes). No, it’s a piece of high-tech equipment called the hydro-jetter. Hydro-jetting is the choice for top plumbing companies when it comes to cleansing drains of clogs, grease, fat, hair, and other obstructions. In fact, a good hydro-jetting job can basically return your pipes to “like new” condition—as close as you can get without actually replacing your plumbing.

Although you can find places online to purchase hydro-jetting equipment yourself, you should leave this job to professionals. Not only are hydro-jetters expensive devices, they can also be dangerous if handled incorrectly because they use an extremely high-pressure stream of water to operate. A professional plumber handling an advanced hydro-jetter can perform all the necessary cleaning to drive away your clogging problems for a long time, without damaging your pipes in the process.

Here’s a rundown on hydro-jetting equipment that you can expect a professional to use for drain cleaning in Raleigh, NC.

  • Motor/engine: The power behind the hydro-jetter is the motor or engine, which can run from electricity or sometimes gasoline. It places water at the very high pressure necessary for the hydro-jetter to work.
  • Nozzles: Hydro jetters don’t come with one nozzle for all tasks. There are a variety of different ways that nozzles can direct the high-pressure water sprays in order to tackle various kinds of clogs and drain cleaning issues. For example, there are nozzles that have a spray sideways and two backwards in order to better tackle drain corners. “Ram nozzles” have two sprays backwards, and “laser nozzles” have one spray forward and three backwards. Hydro-jetting experts will know which nozzle to use for the individual cleaning job.
  • Video pipe cameras: But wait, how do the experts know what kind of cleaning they need to do if they can’t see inside the pipes? That’s where special cameras mounted on flexible lines come into play. Video pipe inspections will find out exactly what work needs to be done.
  • Protective gear: Hydro-jetting uses water that blasts out at levels of up to 3,500-4,000 psi (equivalent to 2-25 gallons of water expelled per minute). This can be incredibly dangerous, so as a precaution, technicians often wear special heavy clothing and headgear.

There is no more comprehensive way to have your drains cleaned than with a hydro-jetter. But make sure you only hire trained professionals for this work. JD Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning comes fully equipped to give you excellent drain cleaning in Raleigh, NC with our hydro-jetting services.