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Is Hydro Jetting Safe for My Pipes?

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If you’ve ever faced severely clogged sewer pipes, you know it can be challenging to discover the source of the problem and resolve it without injury to your home or pipes. According to plumbing professionals, hydro jetting is an eco-friendly form of pipe cleaning because it’s chemical free. It also uses a pressurized water flow to reduce the amount of water needed to effectively complete the draining cleaning process. Hydro jetting is a safe and effective process for property owners, but for those with older properties, there can be worries.

Is it Safe to Clean Older Pipes?

Choosing to hydro jet older pipes can expose weaknesses because the pressurized water stream could put more stress on older pipes than they can withstand. If your pipes are older and you’ve noticed signs of slow drainage or bad odors from your sinks, it may be caused by a clog that has to be removed. Snaking your pipes is not an easy feat, and if your pipes are already old and worn, it can also put just as much strain on them as hydro jetting. When you have older pipes, it can be a challenge to choose the right cleaning solution that won’t damage your existing plumbing. If your pipes are fragile and you’re struggling with blockages and drainage issues, it may be time to begin replacing sections of your piping system. When hydro jetting your pipes, the pressurized water used during the process is strong enough to dislodge blockages, but gentle enough that the majority of plumbing professionals consider it a safe and reliable service.

Worries of hydro jetting possibly injuring your pipes because of their age isn’t an issue of age as much as it’s about the condition of your older pipes. Some homeowners worry about aging pipes because they tend to be weaker and less capable of withstanding the pressurized water stream used during hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is considered a safe and reliable drain cleaning process. It can be used for all pipes. The only scenarios where it could be a concern are those instances where the pipes were already damaged. The key to safeguarding your pipes when choosing hydro jetting drain cleaning is to find a qualified and experienced plumbing professional to complete the process.

What is Considered Older Plumbing?

It’s always important to consider the condition of your plumbing system before agreeing to any drain cleaning program. For homes built more than 50 years ago, it can be a challenge to drain clean pipes that are original to the home. Modern pipes are more resilient than their older counterparts. Caste iron and clay pipes are vulnerable to corrosion and other foundational issues, but these issues don’t make them incompatible with hydro jetting, but it is advised that you ask your plumbing professional to inspect the health of your pipes before scheduling the service.

Can You Clean Older Pipes?

For homeowners with older houses, it can seem like many new home services innovations aren’t good choices for your older home, but that’s not always the case. Older homes used materials that are no longer being placed in homes today. They also used techniques that we’ve advanced. Modernization can seem to leave older homes behind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of new technologies. New plumbing technologies like camera inspections and hydro jetting are open to older plumbing system, it’s important to know the risks and to understand how your older pipes differ from newer PVC piping. You want to avoid damaging your older pipes if they are fragile, and you can protect your pipes by performing an initial inspection before asking for a plumbing service. Call us today at (909) 552-7550 to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbing experts.

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