There are many blocked drain cleaning solutions available to Newcastle residents, but some are better than others. High-pressured water jetters provide the best solution on the market
Jetting work on all types of blockages
The high-pressure water jetter uses a motor to pump water at roughly 5000 psi through a flexible, long-reaching hose. The hose is fitted with a specialised nozzle that comes with a variety of fittings that are designed for cleaning all types of blockages, including tree roots.
Drain cleaning products and plungers are cheap but there is no guarantee that they will fix the blockage – particularly blockages in the main sewer line.
Jet-blasting is guaranteed to clear even the toughest of blockages, because it completely flushes out your plumbing pipes. This doesn’t mean that pipe will never get blocked again, but the current blockage will be completely removed. If you are mindful of what goes into your drains, you shouldn’t have any further problems in the future.
Jetting is value for money
Jet-blasting costs around $280 for the first hour and $80 per hour after that. This might seem steep at first, but when you consider the following points, it really is value for money.
- It’s fast acting: Most people are willing to pay a premium to have their blocked drains fixed fast. Time is money and in todays fast paced world, people are eager to get back to their lives as soon as possible.
- It doesn’t damage your pipes like chemicals and electric eels: This will save you money in the long-run because replacing damaged pipes can be expensive.
- Its a premium service: High-pressured water jetters cost upwards of $18,000 and are expensive to maintain. What you are paying for is a premium service, which can only be performed by highly-qualified and licensed technicians.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether a blocked drain occurs is in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry, it needs to be cleared fast to prevent ongoing inconvenience for you and your family. High-pressured water jetters can clear the average blocked drain in around an hour. There will always be some cases where it takes longer, but overall jet blasting is much quicker than using an electric eel, drain cleaning chemicals or eco drain cleaning products.
Jet blasting relies on high-pressured water to clear the drain, not chemicals. Drain cleaners are made from strong ingredients such as sulfuric acid, potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide, which all end up in our waterways. These chemicals have a negative impact on the long-term health and wellbeing of marine life.
Avoiding chemicals isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also better for you and your family. Drain cleaning products are dangerous, hence the warning labels that urge customers to wear protective clothing and keep products away from children and pets.In addition to being chemical free, jet blasting also eliminates other health threats associated with blocked drains (such as exposed raw sewerage) much more quickly than other drain cleaning methods.
Chemical drain cleaning products are very powerful and can damage pipes, particularly the older pipes of homes built prior to the 1960s. If chemicals are not thoroughly washed out of your pipes, or if they cannot break through the clog, they can sit and corrode your plumbing.Other drain cleaning solutions such as electrical eels can also damage pipes because they use friction to clear the drain. When the cable spins on an electric eel, the cutting heads can thrash around inside the pipes hitting the sides and causing damage. Because the jet blaster relies on high-pressure water to clear the blockage, there is no chance of damaging the interiors of the pipes throughout the process.
A water jetter is incredibly effective at cleaning out drain pipes. In addition to flushing out the blockage, it also cleans the walls of the pipe washing away all other debris such as a fats, oil and grease, sanitary items, wet wipes and other household waste that has built up over time.
If you have a blockage caused by tree roots, jet blasting is an effective way of clearing the roots in the short to medium term. It is not a permanent solution, as tree roots have the capacity to re-enter pipes down the track. However, there are some situations where jet blasting is more economical..If the damaged section of pipe, for example, is under a paved outside pergola, it could cost upwards of $10,000 to dig up and replace the pipes. The pergola would also need to be replaced. In this instance, a homeowner might prefer to have the tree roots cleared by jetting every 6-12 months.
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