A new way to clear drains
Drain jetting is an effective way to clear drains, using a high pressure water hose to remove tough blockages.
If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to experience a blocked drain, you know how unpleasant and inconvenient it can be, often resulting in dirty sewage water flooding your home. Clearing blockages from a drain can be a difficult and messy affair, particularly if the cause of the blockage is some way from the entry point.
Drain jetting offers an alternative solution. Using a high pressure water hose and jetting nozzle, water is forced through the pipe at high speed, removing any blockages and giving the pipe or drain a thorough clean. As well as being used to clear a specific blockage, drain jetting can also be used regularly as a preventative measure, helping to keep drainage systems in optimum condition.
Why choose drain jetting?
The main advantage of drain jetting is that the jet hose can negotiate bends and extend much further down a pipe than a traditional drain rod. It also exerts much more force on tough blockages, ensuring that grease, scale and foreign objects are quickly and effectively cleared from drainage systems. Drain jetting is also a versatile treatment that can be used with most different drain types, and can clear a wide range of blockages.
Can I do it myself?
Drain jetting equipment is very expensive and the process itself carries a number of potential hazards; the high pressured water jet can break the skin, the rapidly moving hose and reel can cause injury if not used properly, and contamination or injury could arise from the ejection of debris from the drain. With these factors taken into consideration, drain jetting is best left to the professionals.
While drain jetting isn’t really suitable for DIY drain maintenance, there are steps you can take to help your drains remain clear and blockage-free – after all, prevention is almost always better than cure.
It may sound obvious, but the easiest way to avoid blocked drains is to be careful about what you put down them. In recent years, water companies have seen a huge increase in so-called ‘fatbergs’ – a mixture of cooking fats, and other items that don’t break down easily, such as sanitary products and wet wipes, which form into heavy, solid lumps and cause drain blockages. Instead of disposing of excess cooking oil down the sink, homeowners should let it solidify and put it in the bin – the same goes for coffee grounds and leftover food. Equally, any sanitary products or wet wipes should be put in the bin rather than flushed down the toilet.
As the effects of climate change become more obvious, we are likely to see more extreme weather, including heavier rain. In order to decrease the risk of flooding in your home, it’s important to ensure that your drains are in the best possible condition. While there are preventative measures and DIY cleaning methods you can employ, drain jetting is the most effective method out there, giving you confidence that your drains will remain clear, and your home will remain clean and dry.