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Can Hydro Jetting Damage My Pipes?

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Hydro jetting is a powerful and effective method used to clean and clear clogged pipes. A high-pressure stream of water is used to remove debris and grease from your plumbing system. Hydro jetting is also very effective at removing tree roots. With Florida boasting the second-largest variety of native trees in the US, tree root blockages are a concern. But can hydro jetting do damage to your pipes? In this article, we’ll explore the potential risks associated with hydro jetting, and provide insights into how to mitigate them.

Can The High-Pressure Do Damage?

Hydro jetting creates water pressure ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 psi to remove obstructions. This intense pressure can dislodge even the most stubborn clogs. Tree roots, mineral deposits, and grease buildup are no match for hydro jetting. However, there is a concern that such high-pressure water might cause harm to the pipes. Damage that leads to cracks, leaks, or even complete pipe failure. This high pressure is safe when the correct precautions are taken.

Check The Condition Of Your Pipes

One of the key factors in determining whether hydro jetting will damage pipes is the condition of the plumbing system. If the pipes are already weak or corroded, the high-pressure water may further weaken them. It’s crucial to get a trusted plumber to assess the condition of the pipes before hydro jetting. The plumber can conduct a camera inspection to identify any weaknesses or vulnerabilities in the pipe system.

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Use An Experienced Plumber

Another consideration is the experience of the technician performing the hydro jetting. It requires skill to control the water pressure and direct it appropriately to avoid causing damage. Spraying the hydro jet in the wrong way could cause serious damage. Hiring an experienced hydro jet team can reduce the risk of pipe damage during hydro jetting.

Check What Pipes You Have

The type of pipes in your plumbing system can influence the potential for damage. Most modern pipes, such as PVC and HDPE (high-density polyethylene), are highly durable. They’re able to withstand the force of hydro jetting without significant damage. However, older pipes such as cast iron or clay may be more susceptible to damage. These materials are prone to cracks, especially if they’re already weakened by age or corrosion.

Opt For Specialized Equipment

Plumbers often use specialized nozzles and attachments designed to distribute water pressure evenly. These prevent concentrated streams that could damage pipes. These nozzles have forward and backward-facing jets that propel the water in multiple directions. The nozzles help to dislodge debris without causing harm to your pipes.

Invest In Regular Maintenance

Proper maintenance and regular inspections are essential for identifying issues. Routine check-ups can detect early signs of pipe deterioration or weaknesses. This way you’re able to address the problems early on and prevent major pipe damage. Preventative maintenance always helps to save you money in the long run.

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Safe Hydro Jetting In South Florida

Our team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric is experienced in hydro jetting and we offer a safe and professional service to the Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Date counties. We have the latest hydro jetting equipment to safely unclog your pipes. Call us at 1-800-475-1504 to get your pipes hydro jetted today.

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