What Is A Jetter?
A sewer jetter is a heavy duty lightweight hose that attaches to a pressure washer to unclog main drains, landscaping drains, and sewer lines.
The sewer jetter hose can be fed into the main sewer line that is usually located outside of a home or office. There can also be other sewer lines available for cleanout inside the home or office, and most are often located in the basement. When you turn the pressure washer on, the back-firing jets on the sewer jetter nozzle will pull the hose into the drain for you. So it requires less physical effort on your part than if you were to use an alternative method of cleaning the drain. For example, if you were to use a mechanical drain cleaner.
Once your sewer jetter is ready to go, it will scour through any stubborn debris inside the sewer line. As the water travels deeper into the line, it efficiently sweeps through anything in its path.
Try Drain Cleaning With A Jetter
Professional plumbers and independent DIY-ers can make use of a sewer jetter to efficiently clean clogged sewer drains that are located both indoors and outdoors. If you notice that your home has clogged sinks, toilets, drains or showers, then it’s likely that your main sewer line could be clogged. It needs immediate attention to prevent more severe water damage to your home or office.
Another warning sign to look out for is if your toilet tends to backup or if you experience water coming back up through the drains. In these cases, using a sewer jetter to blast through a clogged up main sewer line would be a first course of action for experienced professionals such as plumbers or contractors. Keep in mind that there are many other reasons why your main line could be clogged. Some are preventable and some are not. Everything from tree roots growing into the pipes to foreign objects getting trapped in the drain, to certain types of thick toilet paper or feminine hygiene products could be the source of the clog.
When Do I Need To Clean With A Jetter?
If it sounds like your drains or toilets are percolating, or if you see water pooling near your basement drain, you likely have a blockage in your main sewer line. In this case, using a sewer jetter to clear the blockage could be all you need to remedy the problem. An important thing to keep in mind is to make sure you turn off the main water line before attempting to clear the drain yourself. This can have dire consequences if overlooked.
Sometimes mechanical drain cleaners are used to do the same task of clearing out a main sewer line. But in reality, it can oftentimes be overkill. A sewer jetter is a great option for getting this particular job done because it costs less and can actually unclog the drain faster. It is also suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and makes for easy cleanup after the job is done.
Since main sewer lines are sometimes located in the basement, this is a consideration to keep in mind in choosing to use a sewer jetter over a mechanical drain cleaner. This is because mechanical drain cleaners can be huge and weigh over 250 pounds, which means that sometimes it’s not practical to use them inside a home or office.
It’s important to follow any and all safety instructions that come with your pressure washer if you plan to attach a sewer jetter to it, to get the job done yourself. There are also certain electrical considerations you need to bear in mind to avoid electrical shock. You may find that you need to utilize certain sewer jetter attachments to account for the type of pressure washer you are using as well, which is why it’s wise to get everything in order before you begin the job yourself.
A sewer jetter hose and all attachments can be purchased for under $150. Also, you can store the jetter in the garage for future use. But if it seems like too daunting of a task, you can always hire a reputable plumber to do the job for you. This way you know you will have your drains cleaned properly.
At Hernandez Plumbing we do drain cleaning with a jetter. Contact us to schedule your cleaning!