Hydro jetting pipes is the #1 drain cleaning method that Los Angeles plumbers utilize when traditional drain cleaner methods do not work.
Jetters, augers and snakes .. Oh my!
The journey can sure be a scary one when trying to find ‘The Wizard of Clogs’ in Los Angeles.
But have no fear. An experienced plumber at Coast to Coast Plumbing in Los Angeles knows how to use and when to use these strange looking plumbing tools.
There is no shortage of interesting drain cleaning terms used by plumbers. For example, an auger or drain opener can be powered manually or machine powered to “snake” its way like a corkscrew down the clogged drain line. But in situations where a plumbing snake is not effective clearing a drain clog, a hydro jet is used instead. Hydro jetting sprays water down the clogged drain line at such a high velocity that it blasts away the clog fast. It is the most powerful method of drain cleaning clogs.
Let’s look at 5 mistakes an inexperienced Los Angeles plumber can make while hydro jetting pipes.
Attempting to hydro jet inside house drain lines
A hydro jet should never be used inside house drain lines to unclog toilets, sinks or showers. Even choosing the smallest sewer jetter nozzle can burst the pipes. An experienced plumber will navigate around your residence to find the drain access point. This is also referred to as the clean out access point or main drain out and is where the hydro jetter should be inserted.
Forgetting the camera inspection before hydro jetting pipes
As well as being able to see objects or debris that may be causing a clog, performing a camera inspection before hydro jetting can allow a plumber to see if the pipes are damaged or deteriorated. Either way, such pipes may not be able to withstand the high pressures created by hydro jetting. Forgetting to inspect before hydro jetting pipes can be disastrous.
Forgetting the camera inspection after hydro jetting pipes
When preparing to undergo surgery there is a need for both pre & post operation treatment. The same holds true for hydro jetting pipes. Although hydro jetting uses very high water pressure levels, sometimes pipe debris and residue may not be completely removed on the first attempt. This can be especially true with roots, rocks or wet sand which can harden like cement. Therefore forgetting to inspect after hydro jetting pipes may cause left over clog material from growing again in size.
Failing to monitor water pressure buildup
An experienced hydro jet plumbing technician will know how to monitor water pressure buildup inside the jetting house. After pipes have been cleaned, more water is able to flow freely and with more velocity. This needs to be watched closely as oftentimes with most anything, cleaning or repairing one area can highlight weaknesses in another area. Failing to pay attention while hydro jetting pipes can cause water to flow back up the drain lines and overflow from the toilets, sinks and tubs.
Inserting the hydro jetter at the wrong depth
As a general rule, the hydro jetter head or nozzle should be inserted into the drain at least 2 feet before turning on water pressure. Remember playing with the garden hose as a child? If not held tightly and secured that hose will flail around like an angry snake! Due to the sheer power of the water pressure, you face even greater threat and damage from a hydro jet.
And there you have it! We’ve pulled back the curtain to point out 5 common mistakes that the wrong plumber can make while hydro jetting pipes.