Winter 2015 has been busy again for us at Mayfair Plumbing with the Hydro Jet crew clearing year's worth of silt and sediment build up from our customer's storm water drain lines. Not only have we been busy jetting storm water systems but also blasting our regular customers sewer and trade waste drainage systems.
Successfully taming the hydro jetter is not a 5 minute lesson it takes year's worth of experience in getting to know the mannerism of the high pressure jetter in all the many different situations it can get into. You're talking about a hose that has over 4000 psi of pressure going through it with a variety of different nozzles attached if this was to accidentally come out of the drain or perhaps go into the wrong drain line it spells BIG TROUBLE BIG TIME, that's why you need to know how to tame the jet.
At Mayfair Plumbing we use the Honda V Twin engine to power our hydro jetting drain cleaning machine. Strapped to the back of this piece of muscle is an Italian made water pump which pushes up to 26 liters per minute through the various nozzles connected to the remote mini reel. If you think about a garden hose turned on full with a watering nozzle connected to it you will notice it goes off like an out of control snake, but then take this mean piece of kit which operates at over 100 times the pressure you can get a picture of just how dangerous this machine can be in the wrong hands.
There are various nozzles on the market which you can use with the hydro jet drain cleaner, take for example the screw driver nozzle it relies on a huge amount of reverse thrust so it wants to really race down the drain and hit the blockage fast, you want to be on your A game when this bad boy gets full throttle introduced to it otherwise it will take off out of your hands. Then take the wart hog nozzle, this is a self-propelling nozzle which relies more upon huge volumes of water being dis-burst into the drain but also operates at a large amount of pressure which is not to be sneezed at.
How the jetter performs in smaller tight drains such as 90 mm storm water lines and 50 mm waste lines is really where the inexperienced jetting operator can be caught off guard. Entering these very tight throats of an elbow in these drains needs to be done with due caution as the jetter can get stuck and this can happen at the blink of an eye. When the jet is in full throttle mode the hose will become stiff and drive through these bends with a bit of manoeuvering, but when the throttle is turned down the hose becomes very limp and can drop into places you really don't want the jetter to be and bang you've got it stuck.
It is due to all of the above points I have mentioned that a lot of plumbers simply will not get involved hydro jet drain cleaning, its serious business and needs to be treated with great respect otherwise the consequences can be catastrophic. Jet blasting of drain lines is the best method of cleaning drains and any licensed plumber would vouch for that but it must only be performed be a trained technician. If you have a hydro jetting story we would love to hear from you at, ATT: Aaron and email address: email@example.com
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.