For both residential and commercial plumbing repair, a sewer jetter is a common and increasingly popular tool. Also called a hydro jetter or water jetter, this is a drain cleaning machine that uses high-pressure streams of water to clear drain pipes.
At Rapid Repair Experts, we have a range of sewer jetter services available for commercial and residential buildings, with a six-month warranty anytime they’re used. Here are some basics to know about how these work, why they’re effective and what they might do for your home.
Sewer Jetter Basics
Sewer jetters, which can be truck mounted in some cases, can generally carry up to 1,500 gallons of water at once for large cleaning jobs. Over recent years, these jetters have become the method of choice for cleaning many types of major drain clogs – they’re more effective and less potentially damaging to pipes than many chemical cleaners, and pose less of a wear and tear risk than many metal augers. They’re also very safe and easy to apply, which is why many a plumber is turning to them.
How a Sewer Jetter Works
A sewer jetter has the following parts: A pump, a motor or engine, a hose reel, a hose, and an assortment of available nozzles. They will also come with a portable water source, which could be in a few different formats.
The primary piece here is the high-pressure pump, which delivers powerful jets of water to the pipe through a nozzle to wash away and blockages. High-pressure jetters tend to operate with pressures up to 4,000 PSI (pounds per square inch), using between two and 25 gallons of water every minute. The sewer pipe is generally cleaned from the lower end, as the hose propels itself to the higher end.
Who Uses Sewer Jetters
The primary use of sewer jetters is plumbers like ours, who use them for residential and commercial customers who have tough blockages. Some major facilities even purchase their own to have on hand, though these companies generally hire out for plumbers like ours to make sure experts are handling their equipment during drain maintenance.