What is Hydro-Jetting?
High-pressure water jetting is an efficient, economical, and environmentally safe way to clean drain and sewer pipes. Using state-of-the-art pumps and flexible hoses, ordinary water is propelled under varying amounts of pressure into the sewer line. A special nozzle mounted on the end of a heavy-duty hose has an array of forward and reverse water jets, which direct extremely powerful concentrated streams of water all the way to the pipe walls. Even the toughest blockages and buildup can’t stand up to water jet machine cutting, which thoroughly cleans pipes.
- Penetrating and emulsifying grease
- Breaking up sludge and debris
- Pulverizing roots
- Cutting out hardened scale
- Flushing out the system
Cable machines are used to remove tree roots and break through solid obstructions. However, they are less effective in removing softer blockages such as grease, scale and other buildup. Cable machines will bore holes through sludge, but they can’t clean and push the debris out of pipes as effectively as a water jet machine.
Benefits of Hydro-Jetting
Hydro-jetting can clear away not only the usual source of clogs (hair, food waste, etc), but it can even break up tree roots and more substantial blockages. Since it scours the inside of the pipe, it’s also an effective means of removing long-term gunk, grease, and oil buildup as well as collected sediment that can restrict water flow and form the basis of future clogs.
In addition to cleaning away built up materials, hydro-jetting is also powerful enough to wash away bacteria that settles in the pipes. While this is less of a problem in sewer drains than water lines, bacteria accumulation can still lead to other problems that affect the long-term health of commercial pipes.
Since hydro-jetting is carried out completely inside the pipe, it can be completed without having to dig up the line. Since many commercial plumbing lines are located beneath pavement or inside walls, this method can greatly reduce the costs of repairs, making it a very economical solution for clogged lines.
Versatility of Hydro-Jetting
The basic mechanics of hydro-jetting are relatively simple, so the technique can be easily scaled to meet the needs of almost any commercial property. By changing the hydro-jetting equipment used, professional plumbers can remove clogs from pipes anywhere from 1 1/2” to 48” wide.
Although hydro-jetting can be applied to multiple pipe materials, including concrete, steel, cast iron, PVC, and clay, a video inspection is usually performed initially to determine whether or not the pipe has any pre-existing damage. Given the immense power of the water being flushed through the line, the pressure may have to be adjusted to avoid causing damage to weakened sections.
For commercial properties looking for fast and easy methods to address serious clogs, hydro-jetting offers an effective solution at a cost-effective price. Not only will it resolve the immediate problem, but it can also provide a long-lasting preventative measure to safeguard against clogs and pipe damage in the future. If you’re interested in finding out what hydro-jetting can do for your commercial properties, be sure to contact an experienced plumbing professional to discuss an ideal solution that meets your specific needs.
Storm Drain Cleaning
Storm drain systems are designed to move excess rain and ground water from paved streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and walking paths. These storm drains are usually fed by street gutters, which are often fed by excess water flow coming from guttering systems on both houses and commercial buildings. Some common pollutants found in storm drains include:
- trash and debris
- oil and grease
- mineral deposits
- cleaners and solvents
- tree roots
- animal waste
Storm water drainage systems need to be cleaned regularly. While cleaning is necessary for all storm drain systems, there are limitations. Here are five things to know about storm drain cleaning:
- Clogged drains can cause an overflow of water, leading to increased erosion and dangerous driving conditions. Areas with relatively flat grades or low water flow often require special attention as they rarely achieve high enough water flows to flush themselves.
- Cleaning storm drains by flushing is more successful for pipes smaller than 36 inches in diameter. A water source is necessary for cleaning.
- Since storm drainage systems direct rainwater into sources of fresh water such as lakes and rivers, it is important to use environmentally safe products to clean the storm drains in these drainage systems.
- The efficiency of storm system flushing decreases when the length of sewer line being cleaned exceeds 700 feet.
- High-pressure water jetting or hydro jetting is one of the most effective ways to clean storm drains and clear away debris and buildup. Premier Plumbing offers a wide range of residential and commercial services that are augmented by our large inventory of cutting-edge equipment and tools.
Storm season is upon us. Do not wait until your storm drains are causing flooding and possible damage to your property or building to call a professional.If you have questions about storm drain cleaning or are in need of a professional to clear a clogged sewer line or perform storm drain cleaning, Contact us here, or call (352) 219-5880