If you’ve ever faced a clogged sewer line, you know the frustration and urgency to unclog the sewer as quickly as possible. One popular method often discussed among do-it-yourselfers is using a pressure washer to clear the main sewer line. But is this safe and effective? Learn the answers to some frequently asked questions about this intriguing method to help you decide if it suits your situation.
How does a pressure washer with a sewer jet attachment work?
A pressure washer alone isn’t designed to unclog drains. However, a sewer jet attachment makes this a powerful tool for clearing a main sewer line clogged with debris. The washer shoots a high-pressure stream of water down the pipe, breaking up the clog and flushing it away.
The sewer jet attachment includes a specialized nozzle that directs water forward and backward, ensuring it reaches every nook and cranny. This is a modern, effective way to handle a stubborn clog that other methods may be unable to tackle.
When should I use a pressure washer to unclog a drain?
While a pressure washer can be effective, it’s not the first tool you should try. Traditional methods are less invasive and often resolve the issue with little time and effort.
A good old plunger should be your first go-to. A flange plunger is suitable for toilets, while a traditional cup plunger is best for flat drains in sinks, showers, and bathtubs. A few vigorous pumps should be all you need to create enough suction and force to remove the clog.
If the plunger fails, a drain auger, or plumbing snake, can reach further into the drain. A long cable with a hooked claw on the end breaks up the clog manually, allowing the debris to wash away.
If these methods don’t work, a pressure washer might be your next step. It’s particularly useful when dealing with main sewer lines clogged with soft materials like grease, soap, and hair.
Is pressure washing a clogged sewer line always a good idea?
While powerful, a pressure washer isn’t always the best choice. For instance, using a pressure washer on older pipes may cause damage. Then, when dealing with intrusive tree roots, it may be best to use a drain auger first to break up the initial woody mass before blasting it with water.
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Using a pressure washer to unclog a drain can be safe and effective, but it’s not always recommended. Plus, if you don’t have plumbing experience, it’s best to leave the job to the experts.
At Parley’s PPM Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, our team uses professional hydro jetting to clear the toughest clogs. We are a family-owned company with over 40 years of experience and a tradition of offering unparalleled customer service. To ask more questions or schedule services, please contact us at 801-226-3033 if you live in Utah County, or call 801-229-2665 if you’re a Salt Lake County resident. You can also fill out our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you shortly.