Plumbing problems can be frustrating. Whether it’s water pooling at the bottom of the shower or a bad smell coming from your kitchen sink, you know there’s an issue somewhere in the pipes but you probably don’t know how to resolve it. At Economy Plumbing Services, we offer hydro jetting in Austin as a way to clear out your pipes and get everything flowing smoothly once again. If you’re not sure you need this service, take a look at our guide below for signs your home could need it.
What is hydro jetting?
Before we get too far into the signs that you need hydro jetting, let’s first describe what it is. Just as the name sounds, hydro jetting involves using pressurized water to clear out your plumbing. This can be effective at removing blockages and prolonging the life of your pipes.
From a bathtub that takes 45 minutes to drain to a sink that fills during the time it takes you to wash your hands, a slow drain is a sure sign that you have a blockage somewhere downstream in your pipes. Hydro jetting is an excellent way to clean debris from your pipes without using harsh chemicals. The power of the pressurized water will push any hair, dirt, or other build-ups out of the plumbing system.
Under every sink in your home, you’ll notice that the pipes make a hairpin turn and form a U-shape before going back into the wall. This is called a P-trap and it’s designed to hold water and prevent smells from deep within your pipes from making their way back up to the sink. However, sometimes this water will evaporate, and smells will come out the drain. You can usually eliminate this issue by running the water for several minutes and refilling the P-trap. However, if the smell remains, you might have a clog somewhere caused by rotting food that needs to be flushed out.
Liquid drain cleaners and drain snakes can do a pretty good job of getting rid of stubborn clogs for a period of time. However, if the solution doesn’t seem to be lasting for more than a few days, you could have clogs farther down in the system that needs to be taken care of. Hydro jetting will remove deep clogs that a snake can’t reach and chemicals are missing because they’re too diluted by the time they reach them.
You shouldn’t be able to hear your pipes. Sounds like screeching, gurgling, ticking, or hissing aren’t normal noises to come from your plumbing. These sounds often come from the vent stack outside your home and thorough cleaning from a hydro jet will take care of any air pockets that might have accumulated and are causing your plumbing issues.
As your pipes age and begin to deteriorate, they become less efficient in their ability to drain. They’re more prone to clog because they catch debris easier. Regular hydro jetting will help to improve their function. However, you will eventually reach a point when the pipes need to be replaced.
Contact us for more
If you’re worried about the state of your plumbing and believe your home could benefit from hydro jetting in Austin, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. At Economy Plumbing Services, we can inspect your pipes to see if your plumbing issue can be resolved with hydro jetting or if you have a larger problem on your hands. Give us a call at our Austin office at 512-649-2811 or send a message using our contact form. We’re a team of state-licensed plumbers who will make sure to get the job done right the first time.