When it comes to septic systems, it’s good to know about “the power of water.”

We’re talking about hydro jetting, a septic system cleaning method that has actually been around for 80 or more years and is now becoming affordable and increasingly the go-to way to get this job done.

Myers Septic Systems technicians have the training and equipment to specialize in this method for commercial and residential customers. It’s best to go with a professional who knows what they are doing. Hydro jetting is not a DIY job.

The method uses specialized tools to push highly pressurized water (up to 4000 PSI) through your plumbing system. The method breaks up stubborn blockage — grease, sludge, mineral and limescale buildup, debris, and yes, even small tree roots from sewer drainage pipes. If tree roots aren’t removed from the system when they are small, they will continue to grow and destroy the pipe. With the ability to wash away tree roots, water with this much pressure is truly an example of “the power of water.”

Using water is a much healthier way to clean pipes than:

  • potentially corrosive chemicals, which can eat away at your pipes over time, causing more harm than good,
  • or rooters, which snake through the pipes. Snaking only punctures clogs to help break them apart but can leave debris leading to future problems such as more clogging, burst pipes, or sewer line damage.

Hydro jetting washes it all away. This is green technology — fast and environmentally friendly — as well as cost-efficient.



Decreased Water Bills

With thoroughly clean pipes, you will see a decrease in your water bills, as your system will be more efficient.

You also need to think about “the power of water” when dealing with older systems with frail pipes. Myers Septic Service technicians have the professional knowledge to determine if your system is a good candidate for hydro jetting. Water, under this extremely high pressure, can cut through metal. In fact, it is sometimes used to cut metal in industrial applications.

Could Hydro Jetting Rip Open Holes in Older Plumbing?

The older your system, the more likely it is to develop cracks or breaks. Hydro jetting can be used safely with multiple pipe materials — steel, concrete, cast iron, PVC, or clay. You only have to worry about hydro jetting these older pipes if you don’t trust your professional technician. If the crew uses a hydro jet machine too powerful for your system, it could be a problem. That won’t happen with Myers Septic Service technicians. We can easily scale the technique as needed, reducing water pressure to weakened areas. By changing the hydro-jetting equipment, we can remove clogs from 1½ inches to 48 inches wide.

How is Hydro Jetting Done?

We will first do a detailed inspection of your septic system to check for damage, using CCTV video. This will determine if your drainage pipe is collapsed, instead of clogged. If your system is collapsed, hydro jetting is not the solution. The pipe will have to be replaced. If you are not a candidate, we will recommend other safe and effective methods. If all systems are “go” for hydro jetting, this is the procedure:

  • We access the pipe with a “clean-out” — a section of pipe with a cap on it that provides easy access to your drainage system. The nozzle and hose are inserted into the pipe through the “clean-out” and when the nozzle finds the obstruction, the jetting shoots the pressurized water at it until it breaks up and washes away.
  • We insert the jetting hose into your system and pump an appropriate level of water pressure into the pipes.
  • We are constantly alert, ready to adjust the water pressure based on the condition of your system.
  • The pressured water scours the walls of the pipes, removing build-up, and with the help of gravity, the problems are all flushed out of your system.

WARNING: Stay clear of septic services that do not perform a CCTV video on your system. This is essential for success.

You can expect long-lasting results with hydro-jetting, as well as a fast cure for your problem. Washing out pipes is a lot easier than digging up sewer lines for repair.

Maintenance Program

High-use systems, such as restaurants, should consider hydro jetting as part of their regular maintenance. Residential customers who use a garbage disposal or rinse a lot of greasy pans in their sinks might need hydro jetting yearly. It’s best to follow good-system practices to avoid build-up, such as not dumping fats, oils, and grease down your drain and only flushing toilet paper (use a wastebasket for “flushable wipes”). Contact us to set up a maintenance program today.


Q. How much does hydro jetting cost?

A. Each system has its own challenges. A base figure would be up to $600.

Q. What is my biggest worry with hydro jetting?

A. Water pressure ripping holes in older, frailer plumbing is the biggest worry with hydro jetting. That’s why this is not a DIY job. You need professional help. Myers Septic Service technicians examine your system carefully with CCTV video to determine the strength of the pipes before any water pressure is applied.

Q. Why is hydro jetting a better method than using a snake or rooter?

A. First of all, it’s safe for the environment. No potentially harmful chemicals are used. Snaking only punctures clogs to help break them apart but can leave debris, leading to future problems such as more clogging, burst pipes, or sewer line damage. The water method washes it all away.

Q. How powerful is the hydro jetting water?

A. Very powerful. Using water pressure with up to 4000 PSI gets the job done, with long-lasting results. To help you understand, water, under this extremely high pressure, can cut through metal. In fact, it is sometimes used to cut metal in industrial applications.

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Call (704) 633-3962 or email info@myerssepticnc.com for more information, or visit our website www.myerssepticnc.com and schedule a hydro jet service with us today.