Why Hydro-Jetting is the Go-To Solution for Commercial Plumbing
When it comes to commercial plumbing, all things are not created equal, and there are complex and significant differences from its residential peers. For one, the strain on commercial plumbing systems is much greater, due to heavier usage and needing to serve multiple people around the clock. This can lead to clogged drains and sewer lines at all hours of the day. Repairs can be costly, and need to be done efficiently, which is why hydro-jetting is the go-to solution when it comes to commercial plumbing needs. Hydro-jetting is thorough, cost-effective, and cleans away the gunk, grease, and bacteria that settles in pipes.
The heavy usage of commercial plumbing can take its toll on the system. If, for instance, a public restroom sees a sudden influx of visitors, the system can become overwhelmed, leading to damage. Restaurants may dump food waste and grease down drains, while industrial spaces could hose debris and chemicals into drains. Regardless of what the business is, commercial plumbing systems are prone to clogged drains and sewer pipes. It’s a problem that needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively.
The good news for property owners is that hydro-jetting is the perfect solution. In addition to clearing out blocked pipes and sewer lines, hydro-jetting keeps pipes clean and in good working order. Although hydro-jetting is used on residential plumbing systems, it is particularly effective on commercial plumbing systems.
What is hydro-jetting?
Essentially, hydro-jetting is power washing for pipes and sewer lines. Using a specialized nozzle, a plumber blasts water into a clogged pipe, removing any blockages. Spinning jets of water follow behind the initial blast, clearing any residual materials from the sides of the pipes. Any remaining debris is forced down the pipe.
The amount of water pressure used depends on the blockage and the condition of the pipes. It can range anywhere between 1,500 psi to 60,000 psi, and the “hydro-blasting” level. For reference, a fire hose blasts out water at about 290 psi. Hydro-jetting, even at the lower levels, is putting a lot of water into your pipes to clean them out.
Hydro-jetting can be dangerous, and should only be performed by professionals. Even a basic pressure washer can cause lacerations to your skin.
Hydro-jetting clears out normal clogs, like food or hair, and also clears out more serious blockages, like tree roots and more serious clogs. It clears out the gunk, grease, and oil, that, when left to sit, can lead to issues down the road. Hydro-jetting also clears away bacteria, which can help to keep pipes healthy and longer-lasting.
Some plumbing work requires the ground to be dug up, or walls to be punched through, so the plumber can get to the pipe. With hydro-jetting, this is an unnecessary step, as it’s self-contained to the pipe. This can greatly reduce the cost of having a pipe unclogged.
Hydro-jetting tools and techniques can be scaled up or down, depending on the job. This means that a professional plumber skilled in hydro-jetting can remove blockages from a number of pipes and sewer lines. Hydro-jetting can be used on concrete, steel, cast iron, PVC, and clay. A video inspection is usually conducted first, to determine where the blockage is, and what’s causing it. The video inspection will also look for weakened sections of the pipe, so the plumber is able to reduce pressure in those areas.
For commercial property owners, hydro-jetting is a quick and easy way to take care of serious clogs, and keep your pipes running. It can also safeguard against future problems, and save you money down the road.