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Hydro Jetting

One of the best solutions that Bill Howe Plumbing offers is a service called hydro jetting. Our team of repair and drain jetting specialists will have your pipes running at optimum performance in no time.

The hydro jetter is a machine that uses very high water pressure to clean excess drain buildup inside of the drain or sewer pipe. It is environmentally safe, economical and quick. The process is done through a cleanout, an opening or drain leading into a plumbing system.

Hydro Jetting is often needed when traditional snaking does not clear the blockage. It’s also required prior to sewer lining to remove any debris so that the epoxy lining can bond correctly to the sewer line.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is a high-pressure water system that flushes and cleans your pipes increasing the efficiency and flow of your lines.

High powered drain jetting machines for main sewer lines have a reserve storage tank with approximately 300 gallons of water.

It connects to a high-pressure hose fitted with a specialty nozzle made for jetting sewer lines. There are different types of jetter nozzles for use depending on the type of drain size, level of drain clog, materials blocking the drain, or density of root intrusion (when roots are the cause).

Hydro Jetting performed by licensed, insured and bonded plumbing technicians uses about 1,500 to 4,000 PSI making it a very effective method of cleaning the line.

Benefits of Hydro Jetting

Through high-pressure streams of water, drain jetting can eliminate the cause of some of the heaviest drain blockages. In main sewer lines, hydro jetting can remove heavy scale buildup, excess grease, hardened sludge, sand, silt and debris, and other buildup that frequently occurs.

Hydro Jetting is also a cost-effective solution to remove excessive root intrusion. With specialty nozzles, a high power jetting service can remove roots from the line and restore the pipe to its full diameter and full flow.

Some signs the sewer or drain lines may need hydro jetting are signs of roots. Often, homeowners discover they have roots in the line from the toilet.

When toilets and showers back up, it might indicate a mainline sewer backup. When the cause is heavy roots, homeowners may even see roots growing up through the toilet bowl or seeping out through the base of the toilet.

Hydro Jetting isn’t just for main sewer pipelines, either. Kitchen drains can become heavily clogged with grease build up over time or through abuse of the line.

Plumbers recommend avoiding putting any oils, fats or grease into the line, but sometimes it cannot be helped. A hydro jet service for the kitchen can remove years of buildup restoring the kitchen drain line to like new condition.

Hydro Jetting vs Snaking

The two main methods of clearing a clogged drain, either a kitchen line or main sewer line are hydro jetting and snaking. While both methods can be used interchangeably, hydro jetting is often the only method to completely remove the cause of the drain blockage semi-permanently.

Plumbing technicians with years of experience are skilled in removing heavy root intrusion from drain lines with specialty cutting tools and mechanical methods. However, snaking alone does not always reopen the full diameter of the pipe and blockages can recur quickly.

Hydro Jetting a drain line provides a more thorough cleaning, will restore the full diameter of the pipe, and comes with a longer warranty against recurring drain blockages.

Snaking a line can be more cost-effective for simple drain clogs and is often the first step to tackle any drain problem for homeowners. If snaking proves ineffective, a professional plumber will often recommend a camera inspection to view the blockage and hydro jetting to clean the lines.

Preventative Maintenance

With a regularly scheduled hydro jetting service, homeowners can prolong the time between service needs for high-frequency drain lines. We talk a lot about roots, a common main sewer line problem. The only way to permanently remove roots from sewer lines is to reline them with epoxy relining solutions or to remove all trees from around the sewer line eliminating the source of roots.

Preventative maintenance with hydro jetting services is a good alternative to lining when the drain line is intact and to avoid removing trees and landscaping. For heavier build-up, maintenance schedules can vary depending on the frequency of clogs and what is causing them. Most preventative maintenance schedules range from every 6 months to annually.

Kitchen drain lines can use scheduled preventative maintenance with kitchen hydro jetting to reduce grease buildup. This is usually reserved for heavy use kitchen drain lines for commercial purposes.

How Does Our San Diego Hydro Jetting Service Work?

Because hydro jetting uses extremely high-pressure streams of water, it is important to view the condition of the line prior to jetting and after jetting.

Performing a camera inspection allows the plumbing technician to view the nature of the drain blockage and determine if hydro jetting is the right solution.

During the hydro jetting process, the drain specialist will also use a camera to ensure the jetter is removing the buildup effectively. A final inspection will be performed to view the line after hydro jetting to check all buildup removal has been resolved.

Bill Howe Plumbing has highly trained technicians that will review your lines and offer the best solution to take care of all of your drain needs.

We offer free estimates and viable solutions to keep your drains in excellent working condition. All of our services are based on your personal needs and customized just for you.

If you suspect your main sewer line or kitchen drain is in need of hydro jetting services, call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469) today.

What Joel C says about us

Very Satisfied. Michael is always on time, Michael has been doing all of the plumbing related to our remodel. He always does exactly what he commits to do within the estimated cost. He keeps me informed if any wrinkles pop up, and his plumbing skills are excellent as we have had no problems or issues arise after he has left. Very professional! Highly recommend.

August 2019


What Rick M says about us

We had other companies come out for estimates on what was considered a major job with jackhammers and replacing cast iron pipes under the house… having been stung before, we wanted another estimate just to make sure we were making an informed decision. The prior estimates went up to $21,000!
Bill Howe sent us an amazing veteran plumber, Dashawn and his co- worker Anthony. Dashawn did a thorough check of the problem, explained what he thought was needed … he did a final check and we were able to see for ourselves what was the problem. He recommended a complete cleaning to de-scale the pipes, and not the major work we dreaded. Thanks to his solid analysis and patience in making sure we saw what he saw, the issue was resolved completely, and saved us thousands of unnecessary work. None of the other estimates included the cleaning; only the major repairs. Thanks to Dashawn’s knowledge, professionalism and honesty, we’re Bill Howe customers.

August 2019


What Carolyn Housman says about us

This was our second excellent experience with Bill Howe. We had a blocked kitchen sink drain 8/5. I was able to get a same day appointment which is AMAZING. Person on phone was very courteous and set me up right away. Tony arrived at the house (called me 30 minutes out so I was able to be ready). He diagnosed the issue (blocked drain, not the garbage compactor) and was able to snake it and ran the water for 10 minutes to be sure the drains were clear. He cleaned up everything and you would not have known he was even there. Thank-you Tony and Bill Howe, you always know how.

August 2019


What Ed Gohlich says about us

Cory was our technician on this job. We had a time sensitive repair issue and Bill Howe understood and assisted with getting the job done quickly.
Cory was on time to start the job and finished it quickly. Upon his leaving our home he’s was courteous, very knowledgeable, explaining what the problem was and how he fixed it. Very good communication and this is the way it’s has always been when we use Bill Howe plumbing.
Great company to work with.
Thanks Cory.

August 2019

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What Eric says about us

I had a shower that would not drain. The employee arrived on time and fixed the problem quickly and effectively at a very fair price. I was very happy with everything. Thank you and I highly recommend your plumbing service.

January 2019


What Bridgett says about us

I am extremely happy with the service we received from Bill Howe Plumbing. We were given an incorrect diagnosis of our main sewer line from another vendor, but Bill Howe’s servicemen came out for a second opinion, correctly diagnosed our problem and resolved our back up issues. We will continue to use Bill Howe for all our future plumbing needs!

Thank you Bill Howe Plumbing.

July 2019