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Hydro Jetting Versus Power Rodding

The most effective sewer drain cleaning system is using hydro-jetting to clear clogged sewer lines. Prior to hydrojetting, a technique called “power rodding,” was used. Power rodding was appropriate, when attempts at snaking the line or rooting the sewer line either failed completely or it became necessary to repeat the drain cleaning efforts too frequently in order to keep underground pipes flowing.

How Does Power Rodding Compare to Hydro-Jetting?

Prior to commercial hydrojetting, power rodding was the only reasonable way to clear seriously clogged drainpipes. Power rodding was the alternative to digging out the pipe and replacing a clogged section.

The way that power rodding works is similar to using a metal snake. A sturdy, flexible metal cable is fitted with a sharp cutting tool on the end that is just slightly smaller than the diameter of the pipe that needs clearing. The metal cable, with the cutting tool attached, goes into the pipe and feeds down the sewer line. The cable is pushed through any turns that the pipe makes and passed any joints encountered, until it is stopped by the blockage.

Once the cutter head encounters the blockage, with stops the cable from going further down the pipe, the cutter is put into action by turning on a motor that rotates the cable that is now inside the pipe.

The sharp teeth of the cutting head, attached to the end of the cable, do the hard work of cutting through the blockage, while it spins at high speed.

The advantage of power rodding was that it could cut through large blockages, including tough tree roots, and clear just about anything out of the way by reducing the blockage to smaller particles that then cold be flushed down the pipe with water after the power rodding procedure was successful.

Power rodding produces a larger opening that completely clears the pipe as opposed to snaking or rooting, which only makes a tiny hole through the blockage that frequently leaves much debris behind to cause the blockage to form again rapidly.

The disadvantage of power rodding is that the cable has to be shoved down the pipe and the distance is limited. The cable can get trapped in joints and not pass them. Moreover, it only can be pushed a certain length before it cannot be pushed down further. Since the cable is metal and the cutter is metal with super sharp teeth, it is much easier to damage pipes accidentally.

Power rodding is a decent method to clear blocked drains and certainly is an improvement over snaking or rooting, but it has limitations that do not exist when compared to hydrojetting. Commercial hydrojetting is superior technology that is now more popular, safer, and efficient than power rodding.

Hydrojetting Main Sewer Lines and Clearing Clogged Grease Traps

Hydro-jetting works by using high-pressure water to clean drains. Snaking, rooting, or power rodding, all require that the cable be shoved down the pipe. Hydro-jetting uses back-jets of water, coming from the nozzle head attached to the lead edge of the cable, with strong water pressure to propel the cable down the pipe. The front jets of the nozzle blast blockages out of the way. The water pressure is usually around 4,000 p.s.i. This is sufficient water pressure to push tree roots out of the way.

Because hydrojetting does not use a sharp metal cutting head and uses water pressure instead, there is a far less likely chance of damage to the sewer lines. Hydro-jetting is the most effective way to clear underground pipes that are from 1 1/2 to 24 inches in diameter.

American Jetting is ready to help with any commercial drain cleaning using hydrojetting.

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