Ask an Austin Plumber: Water Jetting FAQ


Q: What is a high pressure water jetting?

A: This is an efficient, economical and environmentally safe drain cleaning method. Using state-of-the-art pumps and flexible hoses, water is forced under varying amounts of pressure into the sewer line. A special nozzle called a ‘cutter’ attaches to the end of the heavy-duty hose and is equipped with an assortment of forward and reverse water jets, which directs powerful streams of concentrated water up against dirty, grimy pipe interiors. Water jetters can cut through even the most resilient clogs and blockages, clearing the line and even leaving the pipe interiors remarkably clean.

Q: What kind of pipe and drain blockages are water jetters best at eliminating?

A: The highly pressurized force of our water jetters can penetrated hardened globs of grease, break apart random waste sludge and debris, shred tree roots, slice through hardened scale. And the kicker is that once the ‘cutting’ is done, the water helps flush loose detritus along your pipes and finally out of your plumbing system.

Q: Can I use water jets on clogged sewers as well as clogged drains?

A: Yes, water jetting can be an awesome solution to sewer back ups, which, for my money, are the most disgusting and distressing plumbing mishaps a homeowner will ever encounter. But I digress… Water jets—yes, they can help a great deal with sewer back ups. They are powerful and versatile enough to punch through most any serious sewer line clog. The highly pressurized water jets will scour the inside of your sewer line and improve the flow of your sewer system without causing damage to it.

Q: How often should I plan on having my pipes and drains professionally water jetted?

A: Well, this will ultimately depend on variable like how many people are living in your home, how much use each individual drain gets and how diligent you are about always following basic drain maintenance tips. But if I had to pick a number, I would say that most of our customers seem to benefit the most from one or two cleanings annually.

Let our water jetting experts blast through those pesky pipe clogs and drain backups. Call Radiant Plumbing today to learn more or schedule an in-home consultation.

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