Sewer and Secondary Line Jetting
Whether you’re a homeowner or business, properly working drains are vital. When your drain pipes become clogged, they will operate less effectively or fail to work at all, resulting in an inconvenience or even worse, significant property damage.
At AAA Drain Cleaning we offer hydro-jetting as an option to clear clogs in your sewer and secondary drain lines as well as cleaning your line to remove the buildup that occurs over time. We can also remove much, if not most of the roots from your line.
If you have root intrusion in your sewer line the best solution for the long term serviceability of your line is to have the line repaired. With hydro jetting, by removing most of the roots in the line, you may be able to continue to use your sewer line even for years before actually having to repair or replace your sewer line. This can save you money by possibly allowing you to postpone a significant repair.
What is Hydro Jetting?
Hydro jetting, often referred to as jetting, is the process of using pressurized water flow to not only clear clogs in your drain line but to clean the inner wall of the drain pipe as well. This “jet” of water flow scours the pipe walls to remove the buildup in the pipe. Various jetter hose nozzles can be used for different effects. Rear-facing jets do much of the cleaning as well as propel or thrust the jetter hose down the line, while forward-facing jets are sometimes used as well to help break through clogs and flush the line.
Jetting can be effectively used to:
-Remove grease buildup from the drain line.
-Remove scale buildup from cast iron pipe.
-Flush debris from the line.
-Remove roots that have grown into the pipe either at joints in the pipe or at breaks in the pipe wall. If you have root intrusion in your sewer line the best solution for the long-term serviceability of your line is to have the line repaired. With hydro jetting though, by removing most of the roots in the line, you may likely be able to continue to use your sewer line even for years before actually having to repair or replace your sewer line. This could save you money by possibly allowing you to postpone a significant repair.
-Clear solids and soft blockages from bellies in the line. Bellies (or sags) are sections of the drain line that do not have a proper constant downhill slope. Water always sits in these sections, and therefore these sections are much more prone to holding solids and causing clogging in the drain line. Also, they are much more prone to have grease buildup along the edges of the standing water. The longer the belly or sag, the more difficult it is to clear the clog that is in the belly. Jetting helps to thin the solids and debris in the belly to get the line open and flowing again.
-Clear clogs and debris from the line in order to determine the condition of the line, which can be helpful when repairs are needed.
As with snaking, with proper care and expertise, jetting can be done on most pipes. Jetting can expose bad pipes. Though generally safe for plastic pipes, jetting can expose overly corroded or rotted out cast iron or galvanized pipes. Jetting can also expose broken concrete or terracotta pipes or holes worn in concrete pipe. Orangeburg pipe, a type of pipe that is basically glorified tar paper that was last used in the early 1970s, is past its useful lifetime of approximately 50 years and therefore tends to be in pretty rough shape. This pipe is usually blistering on the inside and is no longer round in shape as it should be and both jetting and snaking will have varying degrees of success, depending on the condition of the pipe. If you have this type of sewer pipe, you are likely due for a sewer line replacement.
What do we need for access to jet your drain line?
Successful jetting starts with proper access. Access will depend on the type of drain being cleaned. A cleanout on the drain pipe is usually preferred, as this will often yield the most straightforward access into the pipe to be cleaned/cleared and thus may lessen the friction on the jetter hose, which can limit how far out we can jet. For main sewer lines, an outside cleanout is preferred. A basement cleanout is also often an option. We can sometimes jet from either the roof vent or even from the toilet flange after removing the toilet, however, the added turns that are often presented when going through the toilet flange can reduce the odds of successfully reaching the city lateral. On smaller secondary lines, such as kitchen and bathroom sinks, we can often access the line from a pipe fitting under the sink.
Hydro Jetting Services in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA
Hydro jetting is one of the most effective and powerful drain cleaning methods. Not only can hydro jetting clear existing drain clogs, but it can also prevent potential problems from occurring.
If you’re dealing with constant clogs or slow drain, contact the drain cleaning specialists at AAA Drain Cleaning LLC. We proudly serve the Portland OR and Vancouver WA area with hydro jetting services. We offer over-the-phone rates, and generally, same-day or next-day service! (Note: Rain drains can often be booking out significantly longer, especially during the rainy season.)
Give us a call today for expert drain cleaning services. We look forward to working with you!
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Hydro Jetting in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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