If all of the fixtures in your home are draining slowly or if wastewater is backing up into your bathtub or shower drain, it's likely that your home has a clogged sewer line. A clogged sewer line is a serious problem, since you'll be unable to use your home's plumbing until the issue is fixed. It could also potentially represent a health hazard when wastewater starts backing into your home.
One of the best ways to unclog your blocked sewer line is hydro-jetting. It has a major advantage over older ways of clearing a clogged sewer line like using a sewer snake, since it can wash away accumulated grease—this increases the diameter of your sewer line back to its originally installed condition and makes future clogs less likely. To find out why hydro-jetting is the best way to clear out your home's clogged sewer line, read on.
Why Do Sewer Lines Become Clogged?
In order to understand why hydro-jetting is so effective, you'll first need to know the common causes of sewer line clogs. In the majority of cases, tree roots are the culprit causing a clogged sewer line. Roots are attracted to the moisture inside the sewer line, and they'll snake their way into the small gaps where two sections of pipe are joined together. Once they're inside the pipe, they continue to grow until they've managed to obstruct it entirely.
Clogs caused by items flushed down the drain are comparatively more rare. There's a simple reason behind this—sewer lines have a larger diameter than any other pipe in your home. For example, a disposable diaper that's accidentally flushed down the drain would have a good chance of clogging a sewer line completely. However, it's likely that the diaper would simply get stuck in the toilet drain and never make it into the sewer line itself.
One important exception occurs when sewer lines have been subjected to decades of grease being flushed down the drain. The grease adheres to the sides of the sewer line and solidifies, and the built-up grease dramatically reduces the sewer line's diameter. A thick layer of grease can lead to small objects becoming able to completely clog the line.
Why Is Hydro-Jetting the Best Way to Unclog a Sewer Line?
The traditional method of clearing out a sewer line is to use a bladed sewer snake. The sewer snake is fed into the sewer line and the blade is used to hack away at tree roots, severing them so that they can be flushed into the municipal sewer system. Any other obstructions that are in the sewer line can also be pushed through by the snake.
This way of clearing a clogged sewer line is quite effective, but it's not the best method to use. The problem is that a sewer snake can't do anything about grease buildup on the pipe walls. If there's a substantial layer of grease on the sides, then the sewer line is still susceptible to becoming clogged.
Instead, the best method to use to clear a clogged sewer line is hydro-jetting. This process is similar to using a sewer snake, except the snake has a nozzle on it that releases an incredibly powerful high-pressure stream of water. The pressure of this water is so high that it can scour the sides of your sewer line, blasting off any grease that's accumulated there. It also easily cuts through tree roots and destroys any other obstructions in your sewer lines. Hydro-jetting a clogged sewer line is generally the best way to clean it out completely.
If your home has a clogged sewer line, call a plumber and have it hydro-jetted—it's the most effective method of clearing clogs. Hydro-jetting is a task best left to professionals, as the high-pressure water can easily crack pipes or dislodge them at their joints. A professional has the skill necessary to hydro-jet your sewer line without causing damage to your home's plumbing.