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Sewer Jetting: What it is and how it works

Sewer jetting

Sewer jetting is a service provided by Michael’s Plumbing that cleans out sewers and drain lines using high-pressure water streams. Our experts use specialized jetting nozzles that dislodge and clear obstructions. While this can be used as a fix to an issue, it can also be part of routine maintenance to prevent nasty sewage backups.

If you think about what goes down your household drains, as well as the drains in your residential streets, it can get pretty gross down there–oils, hair, cooking fats, minerals, mud, sludge, leaves, grease, and even tree roots—all can cause clogs in the sewer. While there are multiple ways to clean out sewers, Michael’s Plumbing prefers using sewer jetting because it’s one of the safest, as well as easiest, methods to clean out sewer and drain lines.

Standard drain cleaners might work for a short bit. If the blockage returns fairly quickly, that’s when it’s time for the heavy-duty cleaning from sewer jetting.

How Does it Work?
Our high-pressure pump, powered by a generator, delivers water to a hose reel, much like a pressure washer you’d use on your house. The nozzle at the end of the jetting hose creates the pressure for a powerful water stream. However, the nozzle is different from your standard pressure washer nozzle because it is designed to direct high-pressure water streams back towards the entry point—this is to help propel the nozzle down the line, pulling the jetting hose through the pipe.

The pressurized water is released from 1,500 PSI (pounds per square inch) to 4,000 PSI. To help imagine the strength of sewer jetting, 1,500 PSI is what you would use to clean your deck, while 4,000 PSI is only safe for professionals for industrial tasks.

Does My Home Need Sewer Jetting?
If you feel your sewer system has a debilitating blockage, you may witness the following signs:

  • Foul smells coming out of your drains
  • Water does not drain at all, or very slowly
  • Your toilet makes strange gurgling noises
  • Your toilet overflows when flushed
  • Water backs up in other drains when the toilet is flushed

Why is it Better?
Also known as hydro-jetting, sewer jetting works because it’s non-invasive, environmentally friendly, and restorative. Using this service from Michael’s Plumbing keeps your home’s plumbing drainage system healthy, clean, and free from any hazardous or stubborn blockages.

The frequency of sewer jetting depends on the age and general condition of your home’s pipes, as well as how often the drains and pipes are being used. We recommend that a typical residential home undergoes routine sewer jetting every 18 to 24 months to avoid any pricey emergency appointments. We also recommend calling Michael’s Plumbing to perform sewer jetting before you move into your new home. This helps diffuse any potential blockages left behind from the former owners.

For more information on how Michael’s Plumbing can help your Central Florida home with sewer jetting, call (407) 219-9772 to schedule an appointment.

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