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Hydro jetting to clear clogged pipes

The worst-case scenario has happened — whether from grease, hair, or tree roots, there is a clog in the sewer line, and it’s causing issues with the household plumbing. Trying to DIY through this heavy-duty clog is a no-go, but calling in a professional provides several potential solutions to a clogged sewer line. One such option, that may be unfamiliar to most homeowners, but may also be the best choice to remove the clog, is using high-pressure cleaning — also known as “hydro-jetting” — to break down and remove the pesky blockage. A safer, sanitary, eco-friendly solution that works, hydro-jetting is a way to clear sewer line clogs immediately and help prevent future clogs from forming.

Deep Clean Difference

Using highly-pressurized water pumped through a specialty jet nozzle at the end of a flexible, metal line, hydro-jetting is a fairly straight forward procedure. Once a professional has scoped the affected line and pinpointed the offending blockage, the hydro-jet line can be snaked into the pipe without needing to trench out the surrounding area, meaning less damage to the lawn, and less expense from labor. As the hydro-jet line moves through the pipe, the pressurized water jet blasts away the gunk coating the interior of the sewer line, eliminating the clogging build-up, as well as any potential bacteria left behind.

Avoid Chemical Backlash

By utilizing water and pressure to achieve such a deep cleaning, homeowners can rest easy knowing that there are no harsh chemicals or residues left within the sewer line that could break down or jeopardize the future integrity of the piping. This is also why hydro-jetting is an ideal solution for homes with older sewer systems, as the combination of water and pressure applies a thorough clean without threatening to breach the pipe, nor requiring additional construction around the piping that could lead to accidental damage.

A Powerful, Professional Cleaning Tool

Of course, as easy as it is to understand the “how” behind hydro-jetting, the actual procedure should only ever be attempted by a licensed professional. The pumps necessary to perform hydro-jetting are exceptionally powerful, and even though the act of high-pressure cleaning is safer for the pipes, operating the machinery without proper training could lead to serious injuries.

Just how powerful is the water rushing through the hydro-jet line? While the pressurized water shooting from the pump clears out the debris and detritus in the sewer line, the force of the water is also smoothing the surface of the pipes, eliminating small crevices and pockets where materials could cling to the pipe and form the foundation of future clogs.

If a major sewer line issue has presented itself, don’t panic, and don’t turn to buy a bottled chemical solution. Treating a sewer line right the first time will help maintain the health of the sewer line for years to come, saving money, time, and future headaches. As soon as a sewer line issue is detected, reach out to a professional to conduct a thorough plumbing investigation and perform a high-pressure drain cleaning to tackle the issue as early as possible.

If you’re in need of an inspection or sewer line cleaning, or if you just have questions about the process, reach out to the licensed professionals at Duane Blanton Family Home Services. With over 30 years of professional plumbing expertise, the technicians at Duane Blanton know what they’re talking about, and would love to help you out with any plumbing issue you may have. Give them a call today at (815) 781-2567, or schedule using their online scheduling portal from the convenience of your laptop or mobile device.


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