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What Sewer Line Problems Can Hydrojetting Solve?

What Is Hydrojetting? 

Pressure washers harness the power of intense water pressure to break through grime, dirt, and mud on surfaces. Hydrojetting uses a similar idea. It uses powerful jets of water to break through tough clogs that build up inside plumbing systems and clean pipe walls. It’s considered a non-invasive measure when remedying a plumbing system’s problems. 

Instead of removing pipes or relying on harmful chemicals, hydrojetting provides a relatively easy solution to the complicated problem of sewer line clogs. It can also be used to prevent clogs from occurring in the first place. Hydrojetting is best left to the professionals. They have the training and insight needed to remedy time-sensitive issues safely. 

Hydrojetting Breaks Through Tree Roots 

treerootsTree roots seek moisture underground. If a plumbing system has a small leak, this could invite root intrusion, which can grow inside a home’s pipes. While this commonly happens in the spring, it can actually occur during any time of the year. There doesn’t even need to be a tree on the property; tree roots can extend tens of feet underground. 

Some signs of tree root intrusion in a plumbing system include: 

  • Sinks take longer to drain than usual, sometimes making gurgling sounds when they do. 
  • There are greener patches on certain parts of the lawn. 
  • Small sinkholes are emerging on the property. 
  • Mud, dirt, and other debris are coming through the faucet. 

When root intrusion threatens the water or sewer line, a plumber may turn to hydrojetting to remove the plant matter. This procedure will also clear away any dirt, debris, and pests that have built up inside the system. 

Hydrojetting Can Also Combat Grease 

greaseHomeowners should know about the dangers of fats, oils, and grease (FOG). One should never pour these substances down drains. Doing so can lead to the development of fatbergs, which are large globs of matter that can cause sewer line clogs. The organization notes that homeowners should pour FOGs into the trash after first putting them into a plastic bag. 

Some signs that FOGs have built up inside a plumbing system include the following: 

  • Foul odors around drains
  • Drains that never completely clear 
  • Backed-up sinks 
  • Trapped wastewater 
  • Poor water pressure 

Hydrojetting can clear through sewer line clogs made of FOGs. As noted, this method uses a pressurized stream of water to break through debris. However, the best way to avoid these complications is to dispose of these substances properly. 

Hydrojetting Clears Away Non-Flushable Materials 

Durham Region notes that homeowners shouldn’t flush anything that’s not human waste or toilet paper down the toilet. Anything else belongs in the trash because they can form clogs in the sewer line even if they don't initially cause a toilet clog. Some non-flushable materials include: 

  • Paper towels 
  • Condoms 
  • Tampons, pads, and other menstruation products 
  • Cotton swabs 
  • Medications 
  • FOGs 
  • Baby wipes (even if they say “flushable”) 
  • Q-tips and gauze 
  • Bandages 

Nobody’s perfect. Sometimes, these items can make their way down the toilet and into the sewer main, forming clogs. When that happens, homeowners can rely on professional plumbers. Using a hydro jet, they can combat sewer line clogs made of non-flushable materials. 

About Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services

Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services is a family-owned and operated business serving Oshawa, ON, and the surrounding areas for over two decades. They offer upfront pricing, industry-leading warranties, and no after-hours fees. Call them today for hydro jetting services in Oshawa, ON.