Drain jetting, which is sometimes referred to as water jetting, is a popular and effective drain cleaning method used to remove blockages and to get rid of built-up debris, fats and oils. So what is drain jetting, how does it work and how do you know when it’s time to call in the experts?

What is drain jetting?

Drain jetting is a technique of cleaning and unblocking drains, sewer lines and other surfaces. It involves the use of high-pressure water to clean clogged drains to help remove blockages and deposits that are causing issues in drains, pipes and other surfaces.

How does drain jetting work?

Drain jetting works by pumping water from stored tanks through a high-pressure hose fitted with a jetting nozzle. The high-pressure cleaning method forces powerful streams of water into the pipeline, allowing drainage engineers to target blockages and dislodge them.

Jetting is a useful way of removing larger, stubborn blockages from pipes. Jetting hoses can navigate tight bends in pipes, so they are perfect for tackling blockages that would be hard to reach by other means, such as drain rods or DIY clearing kits.

How do I know if I need my drains jetting?

In most cases, if your property drainage system is affected by a blockage of any kind, you will soon be able to tell. Blockages can cause a whole range of noticeable symptoms which are indicative of a larger problem. Some of the issues you should look out for include:

  • Plugholes and drains producing unpleasant smells
  • Sinks, showers and/or drains are slow to drain away
  • Exterior drains are overflowing
  • Gurgling noises when emptying a sink or flushing a toilet

Any of these signs could indicate a serious blockage somewhere in the drainage system.

Is drain jetting safe and environmentally friendly?

Drain jetting is carried out by professional drainage engineers who are trained and experienced in operating commercial drain jetting equipment, so yes, it is a very safe process when carried out by the professionals.

It is also a very environmentally friendly process – wherever possible, eco-friendly methods are used to help clear drains and to reduce the use of chemical products being used. Hydro-jetting only uses water, so it’s the perfect environmentally friendly option.

When should I call in the experts?

If you are concerned that your drains may be blocked, or if you are noticing any of the noticeable symptoms including drains producing unpleasant smells, water slow to drain away and exterior drains overflowing, then it is important to contact your local drainage specialists.

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