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One of the most common issues in plumbing is clogged drains, and the worst of these occasions comes when your main sewer line has been clogged. The typical solution for these kinds of clogs is snaking, which involves a long steel cable that’s inserted into the drain and clears blockages.

In recent years, though, another major form of drain cleaning has grown in popularity. This is called hydro-jetting, a process relying on water pressure to complete the same tasks as a snaking solution. We offer both these options at Whipple Plumbing, and there are situations where one or the other might be best for you. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of hydro-jetting.

What is Hydro-Jetting?

Hydro-jetting is a high pressure drain cleaning method using a forceful stream of water. Water is pumped into the drain at levels between 3,000 and 8,000 pounds per square inch of pressure (PSI), an incredibly high rate that’s easily strong enough to clear out even the toughest possible clogs in your drain.

Benefits of Hydro-Jetting

  • Effectiveness: The water pressure levels being used are incredibly powerful, and there’s virtually no type of clog that can’t be removed this way. It’s also perfect for basic drain maintenance.
  • Versatility: Hydro-jetting can be used in a variety of situations, from smaller residences to huge commercial buildings. With high enough PSI, none of these areas will present even minor problems.
  • Extra benefits: Hydro-jetting is even effective at removing tree roots from pipes, one of the primary causes of major sewage line breaks. Typically, tree roots and branches in pipes require a full overhaul of the system.

Downsides of Hydro-Jetting

There’s really only one major downside to hydro-jetting: Damaged pipes. Occasionally, water pressure can be so strong that it damages older or more fragile pipes which can’t hold up to its force. At Whipple, we know how to check your pipes in advance to ensure they’ll withstand the pressure.

Want to learn more about drain maintenance, or any other element of our plumbing services? Speak to the experts at Whipple Plumbing today.

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