Hydro jetting (hydro scrubbing
) is a process in which your sewer pipes are scoured by streams of high-pressure water shooting out of a hose at up to 3,500 psi. These high-pressure streams are strong enough to cut through and clear out any debris in your sewer lines.
Hydro jetting is typically done through an opening called a cleanout, which is an accessible opening present in every plumbing system and designed to allow plumbers to easily “clean out” debris and other clogs. A hydro jetter consists of a large tank of water, a special high-pressure hose, a special high-strength nozzle, and a machine which pressurizes the water in the hose so that it can spray out of the nozzle at a pressurized rate of up to 3,500 psi and a flow rate of 18 gpm. Every plumbing system is designed to carry waste water “downstream” using gravity. The hydro jetting nozzle is placed at the “downstream” end of the plumbing system and it works its way “upstream” against gravity. That way, any debris that is cleared out by the hydro jetter will harmlessly flow downstream where the drainage path is already clear. The hydro jetters used by Rooter Alert
are capable of clearing out sewer lines over a length of several hundred feet.