How Hydro-Jetting Works to Clean and Maintain Home Sewer Lines

hydro-jettingHydro-jetting sewer lines uses new technology to eliminate an old problem, as well as the old expense and inconvenience often associated with it. Sewer blockages are especially problematic. More often than not, they occur in the sewer lateral buried about four feet under your front yard.

Blockages may result from the incremental accumulation of sludge that gradually narrows the pipe, reducing the flow of wastewater until clogs become inevitable. Another all-too-common cause are tree roots that invade sewer pipes at seeping joints.

It used to be common practice to excavate sewer lines to locate and clear stubborn blockages. The cost and disturbance to your landscape was considerable. But now there’s hydro-jetting.

How Does Hydro-Jetting Work?

  • A plumbing professional may utilize a micro-video system and insert a camera into the sewer line. This allows him to directly visualize the clog, as well as assess the pipe for sludge accumulation and other conditions that promote blockages.
  • After the location and nature of the clog is determined, a hydro-head sized to the diameter of the pipe and incorporating micro-water jets is connected to a thin, high-pressure water line and threaded into the pipe.
  • Hot, high-pressure water pumped through the line is emitted by the hydro-head jets at pressures up to 4,000 p.s.i. The knife-like force of the pressurized water cuts through all obstructions, including tree roots, reducing them to a slurry that is easily washed down the pipe in advance of the head.
  • In addition to obliterating the blockage, the hydro-jetting system scours internal pipe surfaces, liquefying sludge and flushing it down the line. This eliminates the internal accumulation that narrows pipes and contributes to recurrent clogs.

Hydro-jetting utilizes high-pressure water as the force to obliterate clogs and clean pipes, avoiding potential damage caused by conventional, heavy-gauge rotating steel snakes. This is particularly important for homes over 25 years old that commonly utilize delicate clay sewer pipes.

For more information on the advantages of hydro-jetting sewer lines to eliminate blockages as well as the conditions that cause them, contact Reliance Home Services.

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