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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Hydro Jetting

For pipes clogged with roots, grease, and mineral deposits, hydro-jetting is the most effective way to clear out your plumbing.

However, before calling a plumber to request the service, you may have some questions about how it works, what makes it work, any potential issues, etc. Here are some answers to our most commonly asked questions about hydro jetting.

Hydro-Jetting or Hydro Jet Cleaning is a method of plumbing that uses powerful blasts of pressurized water to clear drain blockages and stoppages. It is the newest technology in plumbing compared to the use of Plumbing Snake or Plumbing Cable to clear out a line. Learn more about What is Hydro Jetting.

A hydro jetter is a motorized hose through which the water passes. The jet is inserted into the pipe and the water is turned on, blasting away any clogs or debris.

To a certain extent, it depends on what sort of problems you are having with your pipes, which may or may not require more frequent maintenance.

However, as a general rule, for regular preventative maintenance, it is best to have your pipes cleaned out every 18-24 months. If problems occur more often than that, the pipes should be thoroughly inspected by a plumber to see if there are any additional issues with the plumbing.

Absolutely! Hydro-Jetting is the most effective method of clearing out roots in the pipes. The powerful stream of water will blast the roots away, and it is more effective than attempting to snake a root out. But just in case, have the plumber check to make sure the roots have not cracked the pipes. If so, hydro jetting will not fix that. The pipes will need to be fixed or replaced altogether, which is a different issue.
In a hydro jetter, the pressure applied to the water can run anywhere between 1500 and 5000 PSI (pound-force per square inch). That level of pressure can slice a person’s finger open or cause similar injuries.

With so much power at its disposal, it should have no problem clearing out your plumbing.
Unless you are a certified plumber, no. As mentioned above, the high pressure level makes it dangerous to operate if you do not know exactly what you are doing. An experienced plumber is much better trained and equipped for this work. Furthermore, the equipment is quite expensive. Hydro Jetting does not need to be done too often, so it would not make much sense to buy it when paying the plumber to do the service would be much cheaper.

Generally, yes. Snaking can be effective for removing small clogs and/or soft stoppages, such as paper. In other words, snaking will provide relief for a quick, shallow clog, but for a deeper clog, it will not be able to remove it and can even damage the pipes if not handled properly.

Hydro jetting is the best method for providing complete coverage. To clear most or all of the debris in a standard pipe, such as sludge, grease, and dirt, hydro jetting is by far the best solution.

This video demonstrates the difference between snaking and hydro jetting. The power of the jet as opposed to the weaker torque of a snake makes a substantial difference on large-scale plumbing clogs.

In the Los Angeles area, a typical hydro jetting service will cost anywhere between $350-$600. The cost is worth it for the peace of mind of having your pipes cleared out and good to go. Snaking can be cheaper, but if it doesn’t work the first time, it will end up costing more time and money than one hydro jetting appointment. Schedule your Hydro Jetting today and you will save $50.00
That should help explain what hydro jetting is, how it works, and when/if it should be done. For any further questions about hydro jetting or plumbing in general, feel free to reach us anytime.