Hydro Jetting | Sewer Jetting | Drain Jetting
Western Septic & Excavation is the company of choice for hydro jetting in south central Idaho. Hydro jetting services are provided in Twin Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Hansen, Murtaugh, Eden, Filer, Buhl, Hagerman, Wendell, Gooding, and other communities in the Magic Valley. We serve a wide range of customers, from residential customers to commercial customers like restaurants and industrial facilities, agricultural and dairy operations, and more. Call us at (208) 539-4207 or fill out our contact form to schedule a hydro jetting service today!
What is hydro jetting?
Hydro jetting, also known as drain jetting or sewer jetting, is a process that uses high pressure water and special nozzles to clean the interior of a pipe. Hydro jetting is a fast and effective means of removing many types of obstructions within a pipe. It is also beneficial as a preventative maintenance measure in pipes that are prone to chronic blockages, especially if those blockages are caused by grease buildup or sludge.
How it works:
Hydro jetting uses special nozzles attached to a very high strength, lightweight hose that has a slick coating on the outside to allow it to slide freely within a pipe. A nozzle attaches to the end of the hose and is placed inside a pipe. High pressure water, up to 4000 psi, is then pumped through the hose. The water exits through precision drilled holes, known as jets, in the nozzle. There are usually numerous jets in the nozzle. Most of the jets face rearward and outward, back along the hose, with one or more jets facing forward and / or outward. The rear facing jets provide thrust which pulls the nozzle and hose into the line, and also cleans the wall of the pipe as the nozzle passes. Forward facing nozzles bore a hole through a blockage, allowing the nozzle to pass and clean the pipe.
In hydro jetting applications, having a wide selection of nozzles allows the machine to perform general cleaning of pipes as well as more specific applications, such as removal of grease buildup, root cutting, and descaling of cast iron pipes. Western Septic & Excavation maintains a diverse arsenal of custom drilled and specialized nozzles that allow us to perform almost any pipe or sewer cleaning operation.
Hydro jetting is a great way to maintain your sewer and the drain pipes in your home. Sludge can collect in bellies in the sewer line and form a blockage. A cable from a standard drain machine can go right through the sludge and back again without removing it, since the sludge is thick enough it simply seals around the cable and then closes back up after the cable is removed. A jetter will dilute the sludge to a consistency that is able to flow out of the pipe. Using special nozzles, a hydro jetter can also aggressively cut roots that have intruded into the sewer pipe. Whereas a cable machine cuts a hole through a root mass approximately the size of the cutter, the jets from a jetter nozzle scour the walls of the pipe and can completely eliminate roots altogether, especially when used in conjunction with a sewer inspection camera. Inside the home, drain lines can become clogged with grease and soap buildup from dish washing, laundry, and showers. Jetting the drain can remove this buildup entirely instead of just creating an opening like a cable would, greatly increasing the time before the line clogs again.
Commercial and industrial plants present many applications where hydro jetting is the preferred method of pipe cleaning. Boiler drains build up with mineral deposits. Cast iron pipes become scaled and decrease flow. Western Septic & Excavation has nozzles designed to scour and polish the interior of the pipe, either with high pressure water or water combined with a high speed chain flail that removes scale and deposits quickly and completely.
Restaurant kitchen drains are prone to clogging. Grease from dish washing, mopping, soda fountain residue, and ice cream makers can quickly build up in the drain lines. If left unchecked, the drain will eventually back up, presenting a very unappetizing atmosphere for guests and a health hazard due to open sewage in the kitchen. In fact, Idaho food safety regulations require that a restaurant must be closed for business if a sewage backup occurs, until the backup is corrected.
Most reputable restaurants implement a regular preventative maintenance schedule for hydro jetting of their drain lines. Kitchen drains are typically jetted at intervals of every 3 months up to once a year. A proactive drain jetting maintenance schedule is beneficial to the bottom line of the restaurant and the safety of its guests.
Hydro jetting is used extensively in the agricultural and dairy sectors. Irrigation pipelines become blocked with silt and debris. Dairy barn drains and separator pipes become clogged with straw and manure. Hydro jetting will quickly remove these blockages, allowing the operation to return to normal.