Your Commercial Plumbing Improved with the Power of Hydro Jetting
If you’ve ever had a clogged drain in your home, you know what an inconvenience and mess one can be. In a commercial setting, the problems can be multiplied many times over, with resulting damage to your facility, disruptions to your day-to-day operations and aggravations for your employees and customers. To keep your overworked commercial plumbing and drainage systems working well, it may be necessary to use the heavy-duty power of hydro jetting to keep your pipes clean.
The drains in a commercial facility or retail establishment get a much harder workout than those in a standard residence. Kitchen sinks are responsible for cooking and food waste, grease, oil, fats and other material that can solidify in a drain system. Toilets contribute waste products, toilet tissue and often other items you can’t predict such as cigarettes, heavier-grade paper and health and sanitation products. Tree roots can infiltrate your pipes and block the drains. Hydro jetting can easily remove these types of obstructions and keep your drains flowing freely.
What is hydro jetting?
Hydro jetting is a method of drainpipe cleaning that uses high-pressure water to blast away clogs, residue and buildup within your drainage system. It’s commonly used in commercial plumbing applications in restaurants, hospitals and facilities that make heavy use of their drainage system. Hydro jetting requires specialized equipment and trained operators to ensure it is done correctly.
How does hydro jetting work?
In hydro jetting, the plumbing technician feeds a long water pipe into your facility’s drainage system. The pipe has a specialized heat that sprays water at a very high pressure, usually somewhere between 1500 to 4000 pounds per minute. Water pressure at these levels creates a strong cutting effect that can break through clogs, buildup and accumulated sediment of almost any kind. The water pressure is even strong enough to cut away tree roots that have infiltrated your drain system.
The hydro-jet head produces strong streams of water that are directed both forward and backward. The reverse water jets not only move the head forward through the pipes, they also provide additional cleaning and scouring that breaks up material blocking the pipes. In combination with the forward water jets, they clear your plumbing system thoroughly.
Alternatives to hydro jetting
Hydro jetting is recommended in industrial and commercial plumbing applications where drains may be clogged by grease, sand or heavy sediments. It’s a heavy-duty procedure and may not be appropriate if the blockage in the pipes isn’t severe. Alternatives include:
- Plunger – The standard drain plunger that uses air pressure to break up minor clogs. They range from a simple cup-type plunger to a more powerful bellows-type.
- Chemical cleaner – Commercially available chemical drain cleaners may be sufficient to dissolve and clear away clogs of hair, soap or other material.
- Drain auger – A drain auger or plumber’s snake consists of a cutting head on a piece of wire or cable that’s fed down the drain. As the wire and heat turn, they cut into the clog and break it up.
- Power rod – A power rod is a much larger and more powerful drain auger. It uses a bigger cutting device at the end of a long, flexible metal cable. As the cable and cutting heat are fed into the pipes, a motor turns them and cuts through the clog.
Ask your local plumbing service provider for advice on the type of drain-cleaning process that would work best for your situation. If hydro jetting is necessary, keep in mind it can be effectively used on both smaller drain pipes and major mainline drainage systems.
Sobieski Inc. can help with your commercial plumbing needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about Plumbing, HVACR, Fire Protection and Alarm Systems in Mechanical, Commercial and Residential settings. For more information about hydro jetting in commercial settings and to view projects we’ve worked on, visit our website.
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