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Have you ever walked into your kitchen or bathroom and noticed a horrible stench? No doubt you searched everywhere for the cause of the foul odor only to realize that there was absolutely nothing in the room that could possibly smell so bad. You might’ve continued to search for days, desperate to get rid of the terrible smell. Eventually, you likely realized the appalling scent had been coming from one of the drains the entire time.
Eventually, every California homeowner will struggle with a backed-up sink or clogged drain. You can likely handle most clogs quite easily with just a plunger. But when that clog can’t be quickly plunged away, it’s time to call a plumber for drain cleaning. Clogged drains can create many problems, including that terrible smell. Your plumber will have several different methods they can use to get your plumbing working normally. However, when the time comes to have your drains and pipes cleaned, you can’t go wrong with hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is a procedure that uses water to clear away the dirt and grime inside your drain pipes. It is a powerful plumbing technique that can quickly clear any debris from your pipes and sewer lines. For San Francisco homeowners, it is one of the most effective ways of removing clogs, and it can also clean your plumbing system from the inside out.
What Is Hydro Jetting?
Hydro jetting involves using pressurized water to clear clogs in the pipes or sewer lines. It also completely cleans out everything else in the pipes. Hydro jetting should always be done by a professional who has the proper equipment to do the procedure safely. This equipment includes a camera system to see what’s in the drain. Plumbers have been using hydro jetting for San Francisco drain cleaning for decades, but it’s just been in the last 10-20 years that the service has been widely available to homeowners.
Other Types of Drain Cleaning
Depending on your unique situation, there are some other methods your plumber might choose instead. These include:
Also referred to as a drain snake, this equipment can be either motorized or cranked by hand. An auger is a long coiled cable with a corkscrew on one end that physically breaks up the blockage. Drain snakes come in a range of sizes, and they can be used in a variety of different scenarios.
San Francisco, CA homeowners frequently turn to any number of chemical drain cleaners when they first notice their sink or shower is draining slower than usual. No doubt you’ve seen the bottles lining the shelves at every San Francisco home improvement store. The labels are filled with guarantees that you can quickly fix any number of plumbing problems. In reality, these DIY chemicals typically fail to clean out the blocked drain thoroughly, and some can even make the problem worse! Also, none of these chemicals are safe for the environment, and many of them can even harm you or your children.
San Francisco professionals rarely have to resort to chemicals to fix your clogged drain, but they do have some they can use when necessary. Plumbers can “acid clean” a pipe when it has a build-up that isn’t proving responsive to other cleaning methods. Typically chemicals only get used as a last resort.
When Does a Plumber Use Hydro Jetting?
Your plumber will recommend hydro jetting anytime a clog proves challenging to remove with other methods. Typically a professional plumber will attempt to remove the clog with a drain snake and resort to hydro jetting if the clog is too severe. This often happens in kitchen drains where food and grease can build up and clog the pipes. In fact, commercial kitchens tend to use this service quite frequently because it’s highly effective at clearing out grease. San Francisco, CA homeowners might also need hydro jetting when several drains are clogged at the same time. It is also used to clean main drains (sewer lines), storm drains, and septic field lines.
How Does Hydro Jetting Work?
Your plumber will use a hydro jet that produces pressurized water. This equipment is fairly similar to other types of professional pressure washers. A plumber’s hydro jet is specially designed for drain cleaning. Specialized nozzles are attached to this pressure washer to direct the spray, thoroughly cleaning the pipe from every angle. Plumbers use a variety of nozzles depending on the job. Some nozzles concentrate the force of the water pressure deep into a clog, while others aim the spray around the pipe itself (for cleaning it). PSI can vary depending on the job, and the water pressure may be as high as 15000 psi.
The Pros and Cons
-Hydro jetting is safe for the environment. Since the only thing used is pressurized water, there is nothing harmful going into the wastewater system.
-Since the entire pipe is scrubbed by the jets, there is nothing left behind to cause lingering odors.
-Hydro jetting may not be ideal for every situation. In some cases, it can be less effective than using an auger. It also can’t clear lines that are already damaged and can cause damage to older pipes.
-The procedure can potentially be dangerous for the person operating the equipment. Professionals wear safety gear (including aprons with padding, helmets, and eye protection) because you can be severely injured from high water pressure blasts. The higher the PSI, the higher the risk to the operator. This is a terrific example of why homeowners shouldn’t attempt to do this themselves with their home pressure washer.
If you’re interested in cost-effective cleaning for your home, hydro jetting is the way to go. Experts recommend that San Francisco, CA homeowners seek qualified plumbing experts when dealing with stubborn clogs. Everyone agrees that it’s best to leave hydro jetting to the pros.
At Sugar Bear Plumbing, we offer a full range of drain clearing and cleaning services. You can find a full list of all of our plumbing services by visiting our website at https://www.sugarbearplumbinginc.com. Wondering if hydro jetting is right for your job? Call us today at 415-858-1840 to discuss your problem with one of our highly trained experts.