Understanding the Pros and Cons of Hydro Jetting Technology


All of us have had the experience of dealing with clogged drains from time to time. This is one of the most common plumbing issues that can be addressed by different methods.  Out of all these rehabilitation options, hydro jetting is one of the oldest methods, invented way back in the 1950s. Over the years, however, this technology has evolved significantly and is still used extensively for pipeline and drainage system maintenance.   

Hydro jetting technology breaks up and removes sludge, grease, and even tree roots from drainage pipes using highly pressurized water. With pressure up to 4000 PSI, this technique can clear away all types of obstruction from pipes and drains. The components of a hydro jetting system include a nozzle, hose, and a machine for creating the water pressure. Though it uses a lot of water, no chemicals are used in water jetting.  

Before carrying out hydro jetting, a CCTV video inspection should be performed by the contractor to make sure that the pipe is in good condition. This step is important because old and frail pipes may not be able to withstand the high water pressure and get damaged. The pipes are also assessed by the contractors via a ‘cleanout,’ which is a section of the pipe providing easy access to the drainage system. The hose and nozzle are inserted through the cleanout. If an obstruction is encountered by the nozzle, the same is broken up and washed away by pressurised water from the jetting system.  

Also, please note that only an experienced hydro jetting contractor understands how much pressure is required for removing obstructions without causing any damage to the pipe. This is why hydro jetting of pipes should only be performed by experienced contractors. 

Hydro Jetting Pros 

  • Hydro jetting can unclog everything, and there isn’t any type of obstruction that it can’t handle. It can easily push through and wash away the most difficult blockages. 
  • It is more efficient compared to plumbing snakes because it not just pokes holes in obstructions, but cleans the inside of the pipes entirely. 
  • It is a non-invasive procedure that requires no digging to reach the clogged pipe. 
  • This is a safe method because it uses nothing other than water under high pressure.   
  • Green technology with zero impact on the environment. 
  • One of the most effective ways to remove tree roots before they cause any serious damage.   

Hydro Jetting Cons 

Nothing beats hydro jetting at breaking up and clearing away obstructions. However, there are a few points to consider before using this technique.  

  • If your pipes are old and frail, hydro jetting is not recommended at all. Pipes of certain condition and age are extremely likely to get damaged by pressurized water at 4000 PSI. This is why CCTV video inspection is a must before hydro jetting any pipeline system.    
  • Specialised equipment and training is necessary for hydro jetting. Therefore, unlike snaking, this is not a DIY project.  
  • Hydro jetting requires a lot of water, and therefore, it can’t be used in areas with limited supply of water.  

If you want your pipeline and drainage systems to perform at their best, please contact us at Austeck. We are one of the most trusted experts in Australia for anything and everything related to pipeline inspection and rehabilitation.