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Some Details You Might Not Find out about Hydro-Jetting

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 7th February 2018

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramDrain cleaning is one of the most important services that any plumbing contractor can provide. We take special pride in the equipment we use for drain cleaning and the skill of our plumbers at handling the job. We can take care of the worst clogs stopping up drains in both commercial and residential plumbing, and we can use drain cleaning as a preventive measure to help keep away clogs and other drainage problems in the future.

Our main tool for handling great drain cleaning in Orlando, FL and throughout Central Florida is the hydro-jetter.

Facts about Hydro-Jetting

In principle, hydro-jetting to clean drains is simple to explain. Water placed under high pressure is blasted out through a directional nozzle at the end of a long hose. A plumber feeds this hose down into a drain or clean-out to provide full scouring power along the inside of the pipe, the force of the water blasting away all types of debris and build-up.

There’s more facts about hydro-jetting, however, you may find interesting:

  • Hydro-jetting has been around for more than eight decades. But for much of that time it wasn’t an affordable option for the majority homes and small businesses. The equipment was enormous and it took multiple plumbers to handle the job. Today, the equipment is small enough that a single- lumber can take on the drain cleaning needs for homes and smaller businesses.
  • Although safe for pipes, hydro-jetting can present hazards to people: the water pressure blasts are dangerous. This is why only professional plumbers should ever perform hydro-jetting. During hydro-jetting, plumbers wear special gear, such as padded aprons (sort of like a baseball catcher’s vest) and helmets with eye-shielding.
  • There is a wide range of water pressure for hydro-jetters, and plumbers match the pressure to the plumbing system. The psi (pounds per square inch) of hydro-jetters ranges from 7,000 to 60,000. At a high pressure like 60,000 psi—which you probably won’t need—the water blasts can cut through metal.
  • The different nozzles are a key part of the cleaning process. The nozzles are designed to direct the spray ahead and behind the hose for fuller coverage. Plumbers will select a directional nozzle that will do the best job: for example, when handling a thick clog rather than taking on general cleaning, a nozzle with a more forward, concentrated spray is preferred. There are also rotating nozzles for an even more thorough cleaning coverage.
  • Hydro-jetting is an environmentally friendly process when compared to other drain cleaning methods that use silica sand and chemicals. Hydro-jetting doesn’t place anything harmful into the wastewater system.

But the best fact of all when it comes to hydro-jetting is how complete a job it does at drain cleaning. Once you’ve had drains given the hydro-jetting treatment, they will be in a like-new state, making it harder for debris to catch onto the walls and start to build up again. Hydro-jetting means those clogs you’ve been dealing with won’t be coming back in a few weeks—or months, or maybe en years.

We offer hydro-jetting services for both homes and businesses in Central Florida. Contact us today, whether you have an emergency plumbing problem or you want to schedule preventive drain cleaning.

Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

Three out of four plumbers agree I need a water softener. But what about that fourth?

Posted in Plumbing on 25th January 2018

Moved to a new state after having lived in a pretty great water area. That water is good enough for Coors beer to use the same we water we did, but like them, we did an additional filtering because of seasonal iron problems.

I heard the water in our new desert town was very hard so expected to add one in our 14 year old house. However, when I started calling for bids, no one tested our water. I know nothing about water treatment so just assumed that it was generally known that the city well water needed to be softened.

Then came in Hero Plumber, a family firm that's as highly rated as the others we called in. Instead of the $ 6K estimate the others gave me for a new water heater and softener, he just bid on the water heater install, saying that his family didn't even install softeners, but instead referred to another plumber we already got a bid from. But, he says, my area of town doesn't need a softener and will not install the whole house filter we requested. According to Hero, we don't need that, either.

The guy is well-educated, licensed and bonded. We called city water and got a chart. I can't even guess what you need in numbers but the only thing I can see about hardness is: Total Hardness (as CaCO3) mg/L 2.0 MDL; Average 267.1, High 492, Low 72.

Iron looks OK at 0.3; pH averages 7.70 and magnesium averages 21.81 and calcium averages 113.60.

So, not needing a water softener would be great, but we've replaced stained toilets, caked sink plumbing fixtures, the dishwasher caked with what we assumed was calcium, the laundry is stiff and gray and our skin is reacting to the different water.

I guess here's my question. Are there some plumbers who don't believe in treating water because of their own philosophical or religious reasons? As much as we enjoyed our visit with this plumber, we found that he doesn't "believe in" ROP filtering but does believe that no one, human or animal can drink softened water without filtering with reverse-osmosis. And, he won't install one of those, either. We'd decided against that filter because we live in a desert but I can't figure out why he won't "allow" it as we're the home owner.

I must be missing something here. Can you see where I've lost logic about a whole house filter or a sediment filter for the water heater? If I want to go to what he might consider an extreme to get close to bottled water quality why won't he install the equipment?


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Posted in Plumbing Tips on 27th April 2015