Hydro-Jet Drain Cleaning FAQ


What is hydro-jetting?

In a nutshell, hydro-jetting is a form of drain cleaning that uses a pressurized water reel with an attachment to scour the inside walls of drain lines. It can break off deposits within drains that can cause clogs and flushes it out of your sewer system.

What types of drains can be hydro-jetted?

Hydro-jetting can be utilized in PVC, ABS, cast iron, clay, transite, and even in corrugated drains used for landscape. We do not recommend hydro-jetting galvanized steel or orangeburg drains because we've found most of them around Northern VA are already in bad enough condition to warrant replacement.

Will hydro-jetting break my sewer?

It absolutely can IF performed by a novice. Hydro-Rooters® only uses licensed master plumbers with years of experience hydro-jetting. Hydro-jet machines typically use pressures that range anywhere from 1,000-5,000 PSI for residential and commercial applications. However, keep in mind the pressure from most attachments are focused at an angle. It's enough to clear out hardened deposits, but not strong enough to pierce through the actual sewer pipe. 

Furthermore, Hydro-Rooters® uses custom built machines and we're able to adjust the pressure as needed. To give a better perspective, it's safe enough for corrugated landscape drains; one of the weakest types of drains. 

What types of clogs can hydro-jetting handle?

Virtually any type of clog! We've cleared out heavy grease from restaurants, scale from old cast iron sewers, roots, sand, paper products, dirt, rocks, even toys flushed down the toilet. 

Besides main sewer lines we can also hydro-jet kitchen drains, floor drains, bathroom sink drains, shower drains, landscape drains, and vent stacks.

How much does hydro-jetting cost?

Hydro-jetting cost can vary and we're extremely competitive. Pricing ultimately depends on things such as the length of the line, where we would hydro-jet from, if the job would require 1 or 2 people, etc.

We offer free estimates over the phone or online. All you need to do is contact us with what you need to clear out and we'll give you a quote fast and free. 

How long does hydro-jetting take?

Hydro-jet cleaning times depend on the type of debris in the sewer, the length, and the configuration of the sewer. We start out with a 2 hour minimum and offer reduced pricing every hour thereafter IF NECESSARY. Generally speaking, we can handle most jobs within a couple of hours, but we cannot guarantee it.