Hydro Jetting, is an effective technique used in cleaning the downspouts, drains, pipes and sewer lines using maximal water pressure to unclog debris and buildup that accumulates over time.

The process involves water being forced down the drain where it pushes down any grease, mineral build-up, hair and any other debris through the drain. But this is not just some normal or even just above normal water pressure being used. The amount of water pressure is extremely powerful and is normally between 1,500 to 4,000 psi. Compare that to the amount of water pressure from a garden hose which ranges anywhere from 40 to 60 psi.

To clean out main sewer lines the jetters we use are 4000 psi at 18gpm. This is typically for main sewer lines, storm drains, gutter drains, removing roots from lines, grease blockages, sludge, small gravel, etc.

For smaller lines that are 4 inches or less (like kitchen drains) the jetters we use are 4000 PSI at 5gpm.

Is Hydro Jetting Safe For Pipes?

Generally speaking, the hydro jetting process is safe for water pipes except if the water pipe has been damaged (has a crack or is compromised in some other way). And also if it's an older pipe (which is often found in older homes). Before a hydro jetting service, our plumbers check the pipes with a small camera to ensure that the system can withstand the force from the water pressure.

The Pros and Cons Of Hydro Jetting

There are many wonderful advantages to using hydro jetting in certain situations, but like everything else, there are also some disadvantages too. So, here's a list of the pros and cons of hydro jetting so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you will using this method.

Pros of Hydro Jetting

  • Hydro jetting can unclog just about anything, which is great if you've got a very difficult clog that just won't budge any other way.
  • Along with removing an obstructive clog, hydro jetting can also clean the pipes as well. Even an auger can't do that.
  • Hydro jetting can help to clean out pipes without having to dig them up.
  • It's environmentally friendly. No harsh chemicals are used, just water.
  • The force of water in hydro jetting is strong enough to break up small roots of trees and bushes which can inviade your plumbing system.

Cons of Hydro Jetting

  • If your home has old pipes - the force from hydro jetting may damage your pipes.
  • This is not something that a homeowner or do it yourselfer should handle. Special training is required to handle a hydro jet.
  • If you are using hydro jetting to clear out a clogged pipe we recommend a camera inspection first to make sure that the problem is a clog and not a broken pipe.
  • The process does require using a large amount of water.

When To Use Hydro Jetting

Plumbers use hydro jetting to clear out stubborn clogs in drains. It can be used on clogs that are composed of some of the toughest clog building products such as...

  • grease
  • small tree roots
  • sludge
  • most all types of debris

Discuss the issue with your plumber as to whether or not hydro jetting is an option for your situation.

If you have any questions about hydro jetting or are having some problems with stubborn clogs, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.