The Benefits of a Hydro Jet Drain Cleaning

Hydro jet drain cleaning, or hydro jetting, is a popular drain cleaning method to conquer tough clogs and obstructions lurking deep within your plumbing system. It’s cost effective and delivers lasting results, but the benefits don’t end there. Here are all the reasons why you should consider hydro jetting next time you’re faced with a clogged drain.

What is hydro jetting?

As the name suggests, hydro jetting utilizes a powerful high-pressure water stream to remove clogs and buildup inside of pipes. The pressure of the water stream is anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000 psi, enough to break up blockages big and small. Hydro jetting also effectively flushes out pipes and gets everything flowing correctly by removing any grease, limescale, or other debris that have built up in the pipe walls over time. Hydro jetting can fix blockages caused by:

  • Tree roots and soil invasion
  • Food products
  • Organic matter
  • Grease, oil, and mineral buildup
  • Sediment buildup
  • And more

The benefits

From restoring adequate water flow to slow drains to preventing harmful buildup in the first place, the benefits of hydro jetting include:

1.      Fixing and preventing slow drains

Due to constant use, the plumbing system in your home can really take a beating. Grease, soap, food, and other particles are continually traveling through your pipes at any given moment. When these particles build up, water can’t flow as efficiently, and you may find that your drains slow to a crawl. Home remedies like drain snakes, boiling water, and the combo of vinegar and baking soda can fix a slow drain when you’re in a pinch. But for recurring problems and large blockages, hydro jetting is the answer. Hydro jetting can also prevent slow drains by ensuring that blockages aren’t formed in the first place.

2.      Great for early prevention

Compared to other drain cleaning methods, hydro jetting helps prevent future plumbing problems. The powerful blast of water removes everything from major blockages to minor pockets of bacteria, leaving pipes clean and in pristine condition for future use. Plus, the pre-jetting camera inspection can also identify any potential problems before they get worse.

3.      Environmentally friendly

Unlike liquid drain cleaners, hydro jetting doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, making it an environmentally friendly option for cleaning drains. It’s safe for your plumbing, your home, and the surrounding ecosystem.

4.      Safe for older pipes

Owners of older homes know that the plumbing can be difficult to deal with. Cutting into walls and opening old pipes can be tricky and result in more damage. Since hydro jetting only involves a hose entering the pipes, there’s no damage to the home or to its delicate plumbing system.

5.      Cost effective

Compared to more invasive pipe cleaning methods, hydro jetting is exceptionally cost effective. The cleaning power of hydro jetting makes it so you won’t have to spend the money to clean your pipes as often. This is because the results are exceptionally long lasting, due to hydro jetting removing nearly every trace of bacteria and buildup in the pipes.

Signs you may need hydro jetting

When it comes to drains, it’s important to know what’s normal and what’s a sign of a problem. Keep an eye out for these signs that your pipes could benefit from hydro jetting.

Bad smelling drains

If you catch an unpleasant whiff of odor whenever you pass your sinks, showers, or toilets, bacterial growth in drains may be to blame. Organic matter, soap scum, and other materials can create the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and produce smells that resemble sewer gas. Hydro jetting can banish these smells for good by eliminating the buildup lurking in your drains.

Drain backups or standing water

Serious clogs can cause water from your drainage system to back up into your sinks, showers, and toilets. If you notice your drains backing up, or suddenly start seeing puddles of standing water in the floors kitchen and bathroom, there may be a clog deep in the sewer line.

Frequent slow or clogged drains

An occasional clog or slow drain is no cause for alarm, but if it happens often, you may have a larger blockage that needs addressing. Clogs that occur further down the sewer line aren’t easily fixed through plunging or other means, so you’ll need the power of hydro jetting to get things back to running smoothly.

Though it’s a powerful option, hydro jetting isn’t the right choice for all slow or clogged drains. For example, if you have a damaged drain that has caved in, a full pipe repair or replacement is the solution. A video drain inspection can reveal the true cause of your slow or clogged drain, and allow a plumber to make the most educated decision on what course of action is best.

Other drain-cleaning options

Chas Roberts has the drain cleaning expertise to address any problem you may be experiencing. When hydro jetting isn’t right for your pipes, other drain cleaning options are available.

Sewer machines or “drain snakes”

Otherwise known as drain snakes, these mechanical augers, or drills, are used to mechanically remove difficult blockages that cannot be removed from plunging or other methods. When operated by a plumber, sewer machines can restore optimal water flow in your drains and leave no residual blockages behind.


Bio-clean uses living bacteria and enzymes to break down and eat away the organic waste that can cause clogs and blockages in your plumbing system. An annual cleaning with bio-clean is a perfect solution for maintaining your plumbing and keeping any potential clogs at bay.

Sewer & tree root removal

Those same pipes that are providing water to your home can also feed the tree roots in the ground around your home. Tree roots can move into the underground sewer pipes through a leak in a pipe, causing blockages and even broken pipes. While this is a big annoyance, it can also be an expensive problem to fix. Our plumbers can evaluate the extent of the problem, and offer expert solutions, by first conducting a video drain inspection.

Drain cleaning? Plumbing problems? Call Chas Roberts

Whether your drains are clogged or you’re experiencing another plumbing frustration, the expert plumbers at Chas Roberts can get to the bottom of it. Contact us to get started.