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    What you need to know about sewer jetters and how they can make a difference for your plumbing problems.

    Got clogged pipes? A sewer jetter is one of the most effective methods of removing even deep-down clogs. There are different types of sewer jetters, including hot and cold. Both types are able to clear-up clogs quickly and without damage to pipes. However, it’s important to note that professional use of sewer jetters is ideal, because the tool involves dangerous levels of water pressure.
    Here’s what you need to know about sewer jetters and how they work.

    What Is a Sewer Jetter?

    A sewer jetter is a machine that shoots a pressurized stream of water down your pipes. This pressurized stream is able to force any existing clogs all the way down the pipes to clear them. Sewer jetters come in different pressures and water temperatures, but a professional is necessary to operate them. Often, the sewer jetter produces enough pressure that the water stream could easily injure a person.

    How to Use a Sewer Jetter

    A professional will first determine whether a sewer jetter is the right tool to use. Sewer jetters clear clogs from the pipes to the sewer line without mechanical action. Before this, a professional may use a sewer camera to inspect the line. Once the professional completes the inspection, they will use the sewer jetter to flush the line. Flushing will be continuous until the line is completely unblocked. There may be multiple clogs that need to fully clear the system before the system is operating as it should.

    Why Use a Sewer Jetter?

    The sewer cleaning machine is able to clean clogs quickly and effectively without having to reach all the way down the pipe. A mechanical auger or similar tool will have to reach all the way down the line, and so it can be difficult to clear clogs with a mechanical tool if the clogs are very far down the pipes. Sewer jetters are also minimally invasive and not likely to damage pipes, which makes them a quick and easy way to clean up recurring clogs.

    When to Avoid Using a Sewer Jetter

    • If the pipes have leaks: A sewer jetter can make leaking pipes worse, even if it does clear up the clog. However, this also depends on the type of leak and how significant it is. If there’s a small leak, a technician can use a sewer jetter to clear up the clogs — but the homeowner will need to address the leak eventually.
    • If tree roots are causing the clogs: Some clogs are due to debris inside of the pipes, which is fine to clear with a sewer jetter. Other clogs are due to things like tree roots that are coming from outside the pipe. In this situation, it’s better not to use a sewer jetter; while it may clear some of the tree roots, it won’t fix the actual problem, which is the tree’s location.
    • If there is a lot of grease in the pipes: Sometimes grease may get pushed into a larger clog; it depends on how much grease is in the pipes. A mechanical tool may be better if there’s a lot of material that the technician must agitate inside of the pipes.
    • If there’s physical material in the pipes: A mechanical auger will actually remove items from the pipes, whereas a sewer jetter can only push it further down. If there are a number of clogs the technician needs to clear and the debris and material content is significant, pulling it out may be a more effective plan.

    If you are facing clogged pipes on your property, a sewer jetter can be an effective way to clean them out. Get the professional sewer diagnosis and cleaning your home’s plumbing needs by getting in touch with our team of experts at Morningside Plumbing now.

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