If you recently purchased an old home with a blocked sewage system, it's time to take action. Blocked drainage lines can create huge problems by releasing raw sewage in your yard and home. Not only will you need to repair the sewer lines, you may need to pay for mold remediation, flood damage and cleanup services to fix the problems caused by them.
There are several things your HVAC contractors may do to unblock and clean up your sewer lines, including using high velocity water jetting, which is also called hydro-jetting. High velocity water jetting replaces the need to dig trenches over blocked pipelines. In addition, it may prevent blockages in the future.
Here's how high velocity water jetting works and things you may do to keep your old home's plumbing in good shape.
What's High Velocity Water Jetting?
Feces, food grease, dirt, and other types of things may back up into the home's sewer lines when age or damaged by tree roots compromise them. Sometimes, a sinking or settling foundation may lead to sewer line problems. If the previous owner didn't fix the damaged sewer lines before you purchased the house, contact your HVAC contractors right away because high velocity water jetting treatments can help clear away unhealthy substances.
Water jetting is often used by HVAC contractors because it eliminates the need to uproot and replace pipelines that aren't broken. If your blocked sewer lines do eventually break down from disrepair, your contractors will use the trenching or dig-and-replace technique.
With trenching, contractors must dig up large quantities of earth to reach a sewer line that breaks open. It's essential that you schedule your high velocity water jetting service before disaster strikes your old home to avoid the expenses of trenching.
How Does High Velocity Water Jetting Work?
One of the most unique things about high velocity water jetting is how it tackles sewer blockages. Instead of using a long metal snake to release the built-up debris, high velocity water jetting is an advanced HVAC technique that relies on the power and strength of pressurized water to blast away sewer line blockages.
Your HVAC contractors will normally use an advanced infrared sewer camera to find the blocked sewer lines before using the water jetting equipment. After the contractors locate the compromised lines, they dig a small opening over the entrance of the lines, then insert the water jetter's nozzle.
The water jetter is a large apparatus that houses several large water pumps. When it's turned on, the water leaves the pumps through a specialized hose and nozzle that spins at high speed. The spinning action increases the pressure and speed of the water as it passes through your blocked sewer lines.
However, unlike a metal snake, the stream of water may not penetrate and damage the sides of your sewer lines. It makes water jetting fast and effective for your old home's sewer problem.
What Else Should You Do to Protect Your Old Home's Plumbing?
After your plumbing contractors remove the blockages in your sewage system, you can take steps to prevent future issues with it. Although there's no set time or schedule to have your sewer lines flushed, cleaned or water-jetted, you should get it done when you notice changes in your plumbing.
For instance, blocked sewer lines may create backed up water in your bath or kitchen drains. Your toilet may not flush properly or water may back up in it. Since your recently purchased home now has a history of blocked sewer lines, you may wish to schedule routine plumbing checkups with your HVAC contractor. However, it's a great idea that you speak to your HVAC contractor about when to schedule your plumbing appointments.
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