Hydro jetting is a form of drain cleaning, albeit a more expensive form of drain cleaning, it can come to the rescue when traditional methods have failed. This is not the first choice of most plumbers due to cost and the potential of damaging pipes.
It is good to know that the option exists for those pesky clogs that can’t be moved by traditional methods. Anytime Plumbing offers competitive hydro jetting services by skilled plumbers.
What Is Hydro Jetting and How Does It Work?
Hydro jetting is a form of drain cleaning and clog removal that uses a force of 4000 psi. To put this into perspective, a standard showerhead only has an output of 80 psi. A firehose has a pressure of about 400 psi. The Hydro-jetting system has an output that is 10 times stronger than a fire hose.
The first choice in clog removal for most plumbers is a drain snake, but most drain snakes can only reach so far. When you have a clog or build-up that goes beyond the traditional means, the jet power of the hydro jet may be the only solution.
The first step to determining if hydro jetting is the right solution for you is to inspect not only the blockage or clog but the health of your pipes. An Anytime Plumbing expert does this by sending a device into your pipe that allows them to see video of the pipes.
If your pipes pass the inspection and the clog does need that extra push with the hydro jetting system, then your plumbing expert will advise you of the next steps, including the price.
Hydro Jetting Process
If hydro jetting is the right solution for your home, an experienced plumber will begin with a video inspection of your pipes and the clog. The plumber will insert a hose that is connected to a water tank. This hose can withstand the high-pressured water that is sent into the pipes from the tank.
The plumber is the one who will determine the right amount of pressure needed to clear out the pipe. They may pressurize the water to 4,000 psi or higher depending on the size and severity of the clog.
The hydro jetting process works with gravity. Most of the traditional home plumbing systems work around the principle that gravity pulls wastewater out of your home and into the sewer systems. The hydro jetting process works from the bottom up, scouring the pipes to remove debris to dislodge it and move it downward.
The Good and The Bad of Hydro Jetting
Just like anything else, there is a positive and negative side to it. When it comes to hydro jetting, there is plenty of good, as long as you are working with the experts of Anytime Plumbing. Someone who is not as experienced may make hydro jetting become your worst nightmare.
The good part about hydro jetting is that it gets the job done. It clears out the debris and build-up in the pipes, breaks off mineral deposits and scaling that has occurred and breaks any infiltration by tree roots.
The overall effect of hydro jetting can improve the health of your pipes if it is done correctly.
Some precautions should be taken in conjunction with hydro jetting. First of all, make sure the plumber is knowledgeable. They should always inspect with video before executing the method.
If you have pipes that are weak or damaged, the high-pressured washing can do more harm than it does good. That is because weakened or damaged pipes can be destroyed by the high-pressure water jets. This can be costly because you will have to replace the sections of pipe that are destroyed.
Replacing pipes in a home can be costly, especially if your home has copper piping. Replacing the piping in a two-bathroom home that has copper piping can run $8,000 or higher if a lot of the piping needs replaced.
The Cost of Hydro Jetting
Just like other plumbing jobs, the cost of hydro jetting can vary based on specific factors.
The severity of the clog is often a factor in determining how much a hydro jet cleaning will cost. If you have excessive build-up in your pipes that require a lot of cleaning time, the cost will be more expensive than your common household hairball.
The area that the clog is located can often be a cause for concern when hydro jetting. If more tubing is needed than that of a normal job, that may cost extra, depending on the professional you use. Something to remember is that the equipment itself can be expensive. The fee for having the system used is helping to pay for what was spent to acquire the system.
Plumbers will charge for labor either hourly or by the job. If the services that you require are smaller, they may only require a small set fee. If you have extensive damages, repairs, or build-up to remove that will take them a long time, they may charge an hourly rate for labor.
Labor prices for expert plumbers can range, on average, from $45 to $200 per hour depending on the job. The tougher and more time consuming the job, the more you can expect to pay.
Overall, a hydro jetting session can cost anywhere from $200 for a smaller job to $600 and higher for larger jobs. Commercial jobs are going to cost close to $1000 depending on the size of the pipe and the blockage.
Making the Hydro Jetting Decision
Only a professional can decide if hydro jetting services are right for your home and plumbing solutions. The first step is to call Anytime Plumbing for an assessment of your pipes and the build-up that is causing you problems. After their initial diagnostic review, our plumbing experts will explain which services are appropriate for your specific situation.
Anytime Plumbing offers personalized plumbing services to the entire Santa Cruz area. We offer unbeatable prices and experts to provide you with knowledgeable and professional services.