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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

Four Reasons To Incorporate Hydro-Jet Cleaning Into Your Drain Maintenance Schedule

by Madison Dean

Drain cleaning is an essential aspect of a plumbing maintenance routine. It eliminates blockages in the drains and allows wastewater to flow smoothly into the sewerage system. One of the best techniques for cleaning residential drains is hydro-jet cleaning. It pushes highly pressurized water into the drain pipes and sewer lines to clear dirt, debris, tree roots, and grease. Below are four benefits of incorporating hydro-jet into your annual drain maintenance schedule. 

Assess the Condition of Your Drains

Before water-jetting your drains, the plumber will send a video camera down the pipes to check their condition. A video camera inspection helps identify the cause of the blockage and reveals the state of the pipes. The footage from the camera is beneficial in these ways: 

  • Locates tree root damage in sewer lines
  • Indicates the severity of the blockage in the pipes
  • Shows whether your pipes are worn, broken, or misaligned
  • Reveals the types of clogs in the drain pipes 

This information allows you to repair worn drain pipes before they experience further damage. It also highlights poor waste management habits and enables you to adopt proper waste disposal habits to prevent future blockages. 

Clear All Types of Blockages

Unlike augers and drain snakes, water jetters can handle most drain blockages. Drain snakes only solve minor blockages and do not clear the entire drainage system because of their limited length. Conversely, a water jetting machine pushes highly pressurized water into the pipes. It clears all types of blockages, including grease clogs and tree roots. Furthermore, the pressurized water can clean your entire sewer line, preventing frequent drain clogs. 

Eliminate Drain Odors

Are your drains stinking even after unclogging them with a drain snake? Drain snakes do not remove the bacteria layer on the inner walls of the pipes. The bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which causes your drains to smell even after unblocking them. Hydro-jetting is the best way to eliminate unpleasant odors. A water jetter removes clogs and clears the layer of bacteria inside the pipes. By clearing the bacteria layer inside the drains, this cleaning technique eliminates unpleasant odors in your home. 

Keep Chemicals Out of Your Drains

Chemical cleaners are effective solutions for clearing stubborn drain clogs. Unfortunately, the chemicals can erode your pipes and lead to costly repairs. Also, chemical drain cleaners are not sustainable and can harm the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank. Water-jetting clears your drains without exposing them to harmful chemicals. It is safe for the environment and ideal for households with a septic system.

Hydro-jet cleaning can improve wastewater drainage and extend the lifespan of your pipes. Contact a plumbing contractor for professional hydro-jetting services.