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Everything You Need to Know About Hydro Jetting

Plumbing systems can get complicated in both residential and commercial settings. Many things can go wrong; when they do, you may need to hire professional plumbing services.

Slow drains and recurring obstructions are incredibly annoying. This occurrence can result in sewer backups and contaminate your home’s water supply. If you consistently run into issues like these, hydro jetting is one of the most effective plumbing solutions for blocked pipes and other issues.

So, what is hydro jetting, and why might you need it? Keep reading to find out.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting involves scouring the interior of the pipes of a plumbing system with a high-pressure water flow. This is typically done to remove things built up on the inner surface, clearing the pipes.

Another common technique for similar blockages is rodding, which is somewhat different. With rodding, a hole is made in the blockage to allow water to pass through. Hydro jetting will provide a more thorough clean, eliminating the blockage.

Water jets are sent through the pipes, and the pressure clears any blockages. The intensity of it also reduces the chances of blockages occurring in the future. It can sometimes eliminate mineral scales, food particles, and tree roots.

How Does It Work?

There are several steps to hydrojetting, the first being an inspection. One of our plumbers can assess to determine the best course of action. This is crucial, as further problems can occur if things aren’t done right, leading to much larger repair bills.


The plumber will start with a video inspection to locate any sizable blockages in the system. They’ll also determine if the pipes can withstand the hydro jetting process. The water pressure gets relatively high, so sometimes it isn’t possible with damaged or old pipes.

If hydro jetting might risk causing further damage, snaking the pipes or using an auger might be a better solution. As pipes get older, you’re likely to experience more clogs. If your system can’t handle hydro jetting and the clogs persist, you may consider installing a new plumbing system.


When the inspection is finished and the plumber has determined the best access point(s), they’ll insert the hose and begin cleaning at a suitable pressure for your system.

The hose will move through the system while clearing the pipes. The water pressure and gravity will direct any dislodged debris from the plumbing system, leaving your pipes clean.

Tree Roots

While most people experience blockages in their plumbing systems from buildup in pipes, tree roots can sometimes cause them. Tree roots can penetrate pipes, blocking the flow. Dealing with these is essential if you want to avoid future blockages.

Hydro jetting can effectively clear the tree roots if the damage isn’t too significant. In worse cases, however, the damage may be too severe. In such situations, hydro jetting could worsen things, so you’ll need an augering service to remove the roots effectively.

Signs That You Need Hydro Jetting?

Without an initial inspection, you can’t determine the location or severity of any blockages in your pipes. However, some other signs you can look out for indicate you need to hire a plumbing maintenance service for hydro jetting.

Pipes Clogging

Hydro jetting is most commonly used to remove blockages from plumbing systems. If your toilet regularly blocks, this is a reasonably clear giveaway. In most cases, this will be due to the buildup of the inner surface of your pipes.

You may be able to help with this using a drain snake, but that only usually works as a temporary fix. For a long-term solution, hydro jetting is often the best option.

You Don’t Know When Your Lines Were Last Cleaned

Even when you overlook too many issues, you should still have your plumbing system cleaned regularly. This can easily get neglected, but the longer it’s left, the more chance other problems occur. It’s generally a good idea to hydro jet your plumbing system once every couple of years to ensure it stays in a good state.

Pipes Aren’t Draining Properly

With time, you might notice that your sink, shower, and bath take longer to drain out than they used to. This indicates something is blocking the water flow, probably due to some buildup of leakage. Having one of our professional plumbers come out for an inspection will help determine the exact cause of the issue.

Pipes Making Noise

Your pipes may start making noises for a range of reasons. If air gets trapped inside, it might start making a hissing noise. In this case, you must determine how the air got in before deciding what to do.

If air has come in through a crack in your pipes, hydrojetting could cause further damage, so it should be avoided. A clogged vent stack can also trap air in your pipes; in this case, hydro jetting is an ideal solution.

Professional Hydro Jetting Services

Hydro jetting may be the perfect solution if you’re experiencing clogs or other signs above. It’s best to have a plumber do a proper inspection first to determine the cause of the issue so that you can make the best decision about how to resolve it.

Eco-Flow Plumbing offers hydro jetting and various other plumbing services throughout the Santa Cruz area. If you have any questions about our services, contact us today.

Make an appointment for hydro-jetting right away!

You have it now! Hydro-jetting isn’t that scary, so long as someone who understands what they’re doing is running the show.

Call us at 818-831-6331 to discuss your sewer repair options and be on your way to hassle-free plumbing in no time.

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