Everything You Need to Know About Hydro Jetting

Hydro Jetting Blog Post

The global plumbing services market reached $124 billion in 2021.

Plumbing systems can get complicated in both residential and commercial settings. Many things can go wrong, and when they do, you may need to hire professional plumbing services. One of the most effective plumbing solutions for blocked pipes and other issues is hydro jetting.

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 that have built up on the inner surface, clearing out the pipes.

Another common technique for similar blockages is rodding, but they’re 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 out any blockages. The intensity of it also reduces the chances of blockages occurring in the future. In some instances, it can get rid of things like mineral scale, food particles, and even tree roots.

How Does It Work?

There are several steps to hydro jetting, the first being an inspection. One of our plumbers can do an assessment 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. During this, they’ll also determine if the pipes can withstand the hydro jetting process. The water pressure gets quite high, so sometimes 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. They’ll then 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 out of the plumbing system, leaving your pipes clean.

Tree Roots

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

If the damage isn’t too significant, the hydro jetting process can clear the tree roots effectively. 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 of any blockages in your pipes or how severe they are. There are, however, some other signs you can look out for that will indicate you need to hire a plumbing maintenance service for hydro jetting.

Pipes Clogging

The most common issue hydro jetting is used for is removing blockages from plumbing systems. If your toilet regularly blocks, this is a fairly clear giveaway. In most cases, this will be due to build-up on 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 don’t notice 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 there is of other problems occurring. 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 flow of water, probably due to some build-up or a blockage. 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 need to determine how the air got in before deciding what to do.

If the air has come in through a crack in your pipes, hydro jetting could cause further damage, so it should be avoided. A clogged vent stack can also cause air to get trapped 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 any of the 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.

At Eco-Flow Plumbing, we offer hydro jetting and a range of other plumbing services throughout the Santa Cruz area. If you have any questions about our services, contact us today.