What is drain jetting?
Drain jetting is the most effective method of sewer and drain line cleaning. It is usually utilized on problem lines that contain large amounts of buildup; sludge, grease, tree roots, sediment, and fat deposits. Basically, a drain jetter is a type of pressure washer not unlike the type used to clean a deck or sidewalk. What makes a drain jetting machine unique, is the nozzle that is affixed to the hose end. This nozzle is designed to penetrate any type of blockage and scour the pipe walls, leaving them free of buildup. The way that a drain jetter functions is an engine turns a pump, this pump pressurizes the supplied water from a separate water tank contained in the unit, pushes this water through a special hose, and then out the nozzle we described above. There are many types of nozzles that can be affixed to the hose end depending on what the jet operator is trying to achieve. Proper nozzle selection is just as important as the jetting machine itself. Some nozzles penetrate lines; grease, ice, tree roots, and cement are all examples of types of obstructions we’ve had to penetrate. Once a penetrating nozzle has restored drain line flow, it should be followed with a flushing nozzle. A “flusher” will wash away all the remnants of the debris and buildup that the penetrating nozzle has broken up. Once this two-step process is complete, your drain or sewer line should be restored to as close to new condition as possible.
What are some examples of typical drain jetting jobs?
We recently utilized our “jetter” on a residential kitchen sink line in a large estate in Scarsdale, NY. Apparently, the chef had been pouring waste cooking grease directly down the kitchen sink drain for a prolonged period of time. This is a very bad idea as kitchen grease should be disposed of in the trash once it has cooled. This action caused a twenty-foot section of pipe to become completely blocked with a very viscous, soft sludge type of stoppage. We spent several hours with an electric drain snake to no avail. The stoppage was too viscous to get it to move down the drain line, and it would continually close up around the drain cable. Finally, we removed a very small section of pipe in the basement and then introduced our water jetter into the line. We then placed a large barrel under the open pipe and within minutes all the grease was in the barrel as well as clean kitchen water from the clogged sink above. Success! We reassembled the small section of pipe and we were on our way. The end result; a very happy customer who had her sink back in time for her holiday dinner.
Another recent success story was one of a customer who was informed by a large “rooter” company that her sewer line was completely blocked by tree roots. The technician tried to clear the line with an electric drain machine and gave up after several hours of fruitless work. He then told the customer that there was no way to open the blockage, and that the line would have to be replaced for fourteen thousand dollars. Enter Pro Drain and our water jet machine. We opened the line after only fifteen minutes. We then performed a video inspection which revealed a heavy root infestation. Forty-five minutes later and no more tree roots. The line was as clean as the day it was installed. Most importantly, there was no break in the pipe at all. Needless to say, we now have a very happy and satisfied customer!