What Is Hydro Jetting and Who Needs It?

Industrial facilities rely on complex sewer systems to manage wastewater. When these systems become clogged, the consequences can be severe, leading to costly repairs, environmental damage, and even production downtime. 

Hydro jetting is an effective solution we use at TAS Environmental to clear clogs, restore flow, and prevent future blockages for manufacturing and industrial sewer lines. What is it and how do we use it? Read on to find out more!

What Is Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is a powerful cleaning process that uses high-pressure water streams to blast away debris and buildup from the interior walls of pipes. Specialized equipment delivers water at pressures ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 psi (pounds per square inch) or more, effectively scouring away the toughest obstructions.

What Happens When An Industrial Sewer Line Gets Clogged

Clogged industrial sewer lines can cause a range of problems, including:

  • Slow Drainage: Blockages restrict free wastewater flow, leading to backed-up drains and sinks.
  • Foul Odors: Trapped debris creates offensive smells that permeate the facility.
  • Pipe Damage: The pressure from persistent clogs can cause leaks, bursting or collapse.
  • Mechanical Trouble: Clogged sewer lines can mean equipment failures and facility shutdowns.

Addressing these issues as soon as possible is crucial. This is where experienced environmental service providers like TAS can help! Hydro jetting offers a superior solution compared to traditional clog-clearing methods like snaking.

Warning Signs That It’s Time For Hydro Jetting Sewer Lines

Don’t wait until a complete blockage forces an emergency shutdown. Be proactive and watch for these signs that your industrial sewer lines may need hydro jetting:

Slow Drains

Water that takes a long time to drain from sinks, tubs, or floor drains.

Frequent Clogs

Recurring clogs indicate a deeper problem within the lines.

Gurgling Sounds

These sounds suggest that air is trapped within the plumbing system due to obstructions.

Multiple Clogs

Clogged drains in several locations are a sign of a mainline blockage.

TAS Environmental Services can assess your facility to determine the best maintenance strategy.

What Are The Benefits Of Hydro Jetting Sewer Lines

Our hydro jetting conveys many benefits you won’t want to miss out on:

Thorough Cleaning

Hydro jetting removes grease, sludge, tree roots, and other debris for complete clog removal.

Pipe Protection

It extends the lifespan of pipes by removing corrosive buildup.


Proactive hydro jetting can prevent costly repairs caused by neglected clogs.

Environmentally Friendly

This technique uses only water and no harsh chemicals.

Preventive Maintenance

Regular hydro jetting helps to prevent future blockages and keeps your system running smoothly.

Improved Flow

Restored pipes optimize the efficiency of your entire sewer system.

Who Needs Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is essential in facilities prone to pipe blockages, including:

Manufacturing Plants

Production processes can contribute to grease, chemical, and mineral scale buildup.

Oil and Gas Facilities

Hydro jetting effectively removes oil deposits and other residues within pipes.

Transportation Terminals

These facilities benefit from hydro jetting to clear clogs caused by sand, debris, and other materials.

Aviation and Marine

Facilities handling fuels and chemicals require regular hydro jetting for pipe maintenance.

Is Hydro Jetting Safe for Old Pipes?

The safety of hydro jetting for old pipes depends on several factors:

Condition of the Pipes

  • Well-maintained pipes: If the old pipes are in relatively good condition with no pre-existing cracks, corrosion, or leaks, hydro jetting can generally be safe with proper pressure adjustments by a skilled technician.
  • Pre-existing damage: If the old pipes are already weakened, corroded, or have leaks, the high pressure from hydro jetting can worsen these problems and potentially cause them to burst.

Pipe Material

  • Cast iron: Old cast iron pipes become brittle with age and increasingly susceptible to damage caused by the high pressures used in hydro jetting.
  • Clay and PVC: Some older clay or PVC pipes may be more prone to cracking under pressure if they are brittle or degraded.
  • Copper: Copper fares better, but age and corrosion can still be a risk factor.

Expertise of the Technician

Our experienced hydro jetting technicians may perform a video inspection to examine the interior of your pipes before proceeding. They can adjust the water pressure and choose appropriate nozzles to minimize the risks to older pipes, keeping your system safe.

TAS Environmental Services | Your Local Hydro Jetting Solution

If slow drains, recurring clogs, or unpleasant odors are plaguing your industrial facility, it’s time to call in the experts. Ignoring the issue can put your operations at severe risk.

TAS Environmental is the leading environmental services provider across the South and Midwest, with expertise in industrial cleaning and waste management. Our experienced technicians utilize state-of-the-art hydro jetting equipment to safely and effectively clear blockages and restore your sewer lines to optimal condition.
Contact TAS today to learn more about our hydro jetting services and schedule a consultation.