Western Rooter talks about Hydro Sewer Line Jetting in Beven & Brocks News Letter

AVOIDING A REALLY BAD DAY!

Most everyone knows that plumbing problems can occur on their own schedule. Not only are they unpredictable but they can occur when least convenient, such as during the middle of the night or on holidays and weekends. The unpredictable nature of plumbing emergencies can also make them more expensive to resolve, since the probability of interior damage to flooring, walls and personal property is high.

The good news is that associations can take steps to remove the “surprise” element of some plumbing emergencies. There are proactive steps an association can take to avoid plumbing emergencies as it pertains to sewer drain clogs. This requires the commitment of the board to responsibly budget for regular drain cleaning service at least once a year, if not more frequently.

It is easier to remember to budget for tree trimming annually because we see the trees every day and appreciate them. But sewer pipes are a bit different. We don’t appreciate the drain lines until one back’s up. The good news is that there are ways to limit the emergency calls, and proactively keep your sewer lines healthy. Just like your personal health it’s important to keep your heart arteries clear so that way you don’t have a sudden heart attack.

There are a few options to clearing a sewer drain: traditional roto-rooter and hydro-jetting.

The traditional roto-rooter approach utilizes a machine with cable and sharp blades to cut roots, clean out other debris in the sewer line. The hydro-jetting process is more intense and utilizes trailer mounted equipment that uses up to 4,000 PSI and pushes 13-20 gallons per-minute through the sewer line. The bottom line is that hydro-jetting uses a larger machine to effectively cut roots, and blast out grease and debris. The roto-rooter approach by comparison is far less effective. The cost of the roto-rooter approach as opposed to the hydro-jetting approach is about one-third to one half. Older sewer pipes, such as cast iron, which is more common in HOA’s is more problematic.

There are a few options to clearing a sewer drain: traditional roto-rooter and hydro-jetting. The traditional roto-rooter approach utilizes a machine with cable and sharp blades to cut roots, clean out other debris in the sewer line. The hydro-jetting process is more intense and utilizes trailer mounted equipment that uses up to 4,000 PSI and pushes 13-20 gallons per-minute through the sewer line. The bottom line is that hydro-jetting uses a larger machine to effectively cut roots, and blast out grease and debris. The roto-rooter approach by comparison is far less effective. The cost of the roto-rooter approach as opposed to the hydro-jetting approach is about one-third to one half. However the effectiveness is ? (How would you describe this?)

The effectiveness is this. If a sewer line has tons of grease /sludge/ kitchen waste debris hydro jetting is the best solution for this. It cuts and blows grease out of the sewer line cleaning the entire pipe.

If a sewer if full of grease and you run a tradition cable / and blades thru the line it it’s like poking a temporary hole thru jello. You may get the line clear/ flowing but the grease will come back quickly. Imagine trying to screw something into jell-o. Hydro jetting is very effective for this. Lots of HOA complex have typically heavy grease/ kitchen debris build up in their sewer lines. The grease is typically found in the kitchen sewer lines.
Roots- roots can be cut out a few different ways. But a traditional cable and blades will get the job done if you you have roots in your sewer line. The technician may have to work the root infested area longer than Normal however a traditional blade, cable and roto-rooter machine can effectively clear the sewer .

Over the last few years the hydro jetting technology has improved so much they now make tips/ nozzles to effectively target what you are trying to clean…roots, grease and other debris.
A hydro jet can effectively cut roots very fast and efficient. It will take less time than a cable and blade that being said it is a little more expensive.

Hydro jetting can effectively cut roots if the hired company has the right Equitment to cut roots with their hydro jetting machine.
-typical soft clog / baby wipes/ toilet paper/ hair/ food waste/ female products etc.

A common clog of the items listed above can be easily taken care of with a traditional cable /blade and roto rooter machine. The blades with clean the diameter of the pipe along with pushing all debris to the main city sewer. It is important to make sure the service tech cleaning the sewer runs his machine with blades to effectively clean the sewer. Not uncommon for plumbers to find inappropriate items in the drain, such as grease, baby wipes, and excessive food waste. All of these items should not be in a cast iron sewer pipe as the grease and acidity from food waste can actually eat away at that sewer pipe over time. Also, most people aren’t aware that soda or bacon grease should never be run down the drain. Grease will actually harden over time as it sits over time. The garbage disposal should not be used as a trash can.

When bidding for this service you should always insist that the company remove all sewer line caps and utilize the hydro-jetting method in the sewer line. After the hydro- jetting is performed require that the company washes down the driveway or surrounding area where the sewer line is, to insure everything is cleaned.

Regular hydro jetting maintenance can cut down on frequent back ups, remove grease and debris in the sewer line to help the pipe last longer and avoid unforeseen and expensive emergency calls.

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