Clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems Arcadia homeowners will experience. Clogged drains and pipelines can cause a whole slew of problems from sewer line back-ups to flooded homes. Drain cleaning can help to prevent clogs from forming, but once one has formed it can be tricky to get rid of. The good news is that there’s one key way you can help fight back against clogs in your plumbing system: hydrojetting.
What Is Hydrojetting?
Hydrojetting is a plumbing solution used to help remove clogs and other debris from your sewer line or plumbing system. The process involves using high-pressure water to blast away any clogs in the pipeline. A plumbing technician does this using a piece of equipment called a jetter, which has a hose attachment and a water storage tank attached. Using the hose attachment, one of our technicians at Western Rooter and Plumbing will insert the hose into an opening in your affected pipeline. If the clog is in the kitchen area, we’ll use a spray that is typically 1,500 PSI (pound-force per square inch). If the clog is in the main sewer line, the spray is 4,000 PSI. This is roughly 18 gallons of water per minute. This ensures any clogs in the immediate area or further back down the pipeline are cleared away.
Why Do Arcadia Homeowners Prefer Hydrojetting?
Hydrojetting is the preferred method of clearing clogs not only for Arcadia homeowners but also those in the surrounding areas. This is because hydrojetting is accurate, efficient, and non-invasive. Hydrojetting technicians at Western Rooter and Plumbing can easily access your pipelines to remove the clog without having to remove any parts of your property to get to the plumbing system. You can have a working plumbing system again within a short period of time.
Hydrojetting services are also accurate in that they help clear away clogs without missing them. Some drain cleaning methods may blast clogs that are closer to the entry point of the pipeline, but not further down the line. This can be frustrating for Arcadia homeowners because the plumbing technician will need to repeat the clog-clearing process. With hydrojetting, even clogs that may have gone unnoticed can be quickly cleared away, leaving you with clear, working pipes.
Clear Your Pipes Without Harming Them
DIY pipe-cleanouts can do more harm than good. Arcadia homeowners that are determined to clear a pipeline clog on their own may turn to chemical cleaners. However, these chemical cleaners can not only damage your pipes by breaking them down but they can also cause damage to the local water supply and the environment.
With a hydrojetting service, you don’t need to worry about harming your pipes. Hydrojetting services are eco-friendly because they only use water. The force of the water is enough to impact the clog without damaging your pipes, too.
Our hydrojetting services aren’t just for major clogs. Although hydrojetting can definitely help to blast through nasty clogs that are preventing your plumbing system from performing at its best, you can also use our hydrojetting service for regular drain cleaning. By having your drain cleaned with hydrojetting once a year, you can help prevent clogs from forming and prevent small clogs from becoming bigger.
How You Can Prevent Clogs
When it comes to clogs, there are some common contributors including certain foods. Here are a few key things you never want to pour down your drain:
- Pasta: When you’re draining your pasta, make sure that you use a strainer or have something to catch any stray noodles even if you have a garbage disposal. This is because pasta absorbs water and sticks together. Even if the pasta noodles are shredded in the garbage disposal, the particles can snowball in your plumbing system and pack together to clog your drain.
- Grease and oils: Grease, fat, and cooking oils should go into the garbage once they’ve cooled off. When grease, fat, and oils have time to cool down, they harden and solidify. When they do this in your drain, they can cause clogs on their own or stick to other particles in your drain to form a clog.
- Coffee grounds: Be sure that you’re careful not to let coffee grounds pour down your drain, even if they’re down at the bottom of the coffee pot you’re cleaning. While coffee grounds may not look like a big deal (after all, they’re fairly small), they don’t break down in the water. That means they don’t wash away. Instead, they clump together in your garbage disposal and your drain, causing clogs and other plumbing issues for your disposal.
- Eggshells: It can be tempting to drop your eggshells into the garbage disposal while you’re cooking. However, like coffee grounds, eggshells don’t break down in the water. Instead, they clump together and combine with other debris in your pipeline to form clogs.
- Household items and sanitary products: Certain household items sometimes make their way into the drain or garbage disposal. This includes sanitary products such as menstrual pads, tampons, cotton balls, cotton swabs, and paper towels. While these sanitary products may seem like they could go down the drain like toilet paper, they’re not designed to be flushed and end up clogging your pipes.
Even if you’re careful not to pour anything down the drain that shouldn’t be poured down there, you may still end up with clogs when you least expect them. Hair is the number one cause of clogged drains and, when enough of it makes its way into your pipes, it can merge together with soap build-up and small food particles over time. When enough of this debris builds up, it blocks off your pipeline. This can prevent your sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets from properly draining. It can also prevent water from coming out of your faucets at all. Drain cleaning can help prevent clogs from forming.
Is Hydrojetting Still Recommended If I Don’t Have a Clog?
Your plumbing system may be the last thing on your mind until you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency. However, regular maintenance on your plumbing system is essential for keeping those plumbing emergencies from happening in the first place. Part of regular plumbing maintenance is drain cleaning. As we mentioned above, hydrojetting isn’t only great for clearing away clogs in your pipelines but also great for drain cleaning. Hydrojetting at least once a year can help to prevent build-up in your pipes.
Hydrojetting and a sewer line camera inspection can also sometimes help your plumbing technician identify what may be causing your potential plumbing problems. For instance, if you don’t pour anything down the drain that shouldn’t be poured down there, but you still frequently experience clogs, the problem could be mineral build-up in your pipelines due to hard water. Hard water is water that has a high concentration of calcium and magnesium. While it isn’t harmful, it can cause clogs in your plumbing system and other issues. In this case, both hydrojetting services and a whole home water softener are recommended.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Drain Cleaning
Whether you need your drain cleared or you need a clog removed from your home’s sewer line, the Arcadia plumbing technicians at Western Rooter and Plumbing have you covered. We provide hydrojetting services, pipeline repairs and replacements, and emergency plumbing services. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your cleaning with us.