Clogs in your drains are a nuisance that can eventually lead to major damage, such as sewage backups and burst drain lines. Hydrojetting, which uses a high-pressure stream of water to push clogs out of drains, can be one of the quickest and most effective means for solving drain issues. The following are five types of clogs where drain jetting works well.
1. Scale Buildup
Scale is a result of hard water. Hard water is full of minerals like lime and calcium, which can cause a scaly buildup called mineralization, on the inside of the drain pipes. The scale slowly restricts the flow through the drain as the layer thickens. Hydrojetting blasts the scale off the inside of the pipes, reopening them so that there is a wide, clear path of drainage again.
2. Grease Residue
Grease can be a major contributor to clogs. Grease congeals when it's not exposed to heat and is deep within your drain lines. This congealed sludge then traps any other debris that flows through. The grease layer also reduces the size of the drain line, further constricting the drainage flow. Hydrojetting may not spray hot water to melt the grease, but the high-pressure spray will still solve the problem by rinsing the grease off the pipe walls and out of your drain lines.
3. Bathroom Clogs
Clogs in bathroom drains are typically a result of soap scum combined with hair and beauty products, or they are caused by items like wipes, diapers, or feminine hygiene products lodged in the waste pipe. Fortunately, these types of clogs are quickly cleared with a high-pressure jet of water. Of course, following hydrojetting, it's important to avoid flushing anything that isn't toilet paper or human waste so that the problem doesn't happen again.
4. Kitchen Debris
Food, combined with grease and soap scum, is the cause behind most kitchen drain clogs. Some food items, like rice, pasta, and starchy vegetables, are more likely to cause a clog. Much like in the bathroom, you can avoid most clogs by not putting solid items down the drain and only using garbage disposals for small amounts of food waste. If the drain is already clogged, hydrojetting will break it loose and clean the drain pipe.
5. Tree Root Residue
One thing hydrojetting shouldn't be used for is the initial removal of dense tree roots. In this case, your drain technician will first use an auger to drill through the roots and remove the bulk of the clog. After the roots are broken up, though, hydrojetting can be used to remove all remaining bits of roots and rootlets that the auger misses. This will help reduce the chances of the roots quickly growing back again.
Contact a drain jetting service to find out if this is the right solution for you.